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Exchange 2003 Frequent Rapid Growth of Transaction logs

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We are having issues on 3 of our servers wherein the transaction logs that reside on a separate drive frequenty experiences rapid growth. What we do is enabling circular logging and disable when its back down to small drive size. When we don't do it, it crashes information store.

We opened a case with microsoft and they can't see anything after reviewing our servers message tracking and transaction logs.

Can someone please shed us some light??

Thank you!
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by:Glen Knight
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How long does it take to fill the transaction logs?
How many mailboxes are on the server?
Are they high use mailboxes? Lots of emails?
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by:Miguel Angel Perez Muñoz
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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Run ExMon to understand which user is generating max CPU and maybe its some issue with his Mailbox or machine compromized

- Rancy
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Primary cause of this problem in recent months has been only one thing.

Apple devices. iPhone, iPads etc.

It can be just one device, it will cause a loop and that can generate a high amount of logs.
If you allow ActiveSync devices then you need to ensure that the iOS is kept up to date, and I mean right up to date. On Exchange 2003 there are limited ways to discover what people are using, so you will have to just nag people to update.

Simon.
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Log growth depends on several factors and determining the root cause require lot of monitoring and troubleshooting. Here is one article which talks about all steps
http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2013/04/18/troubleshooting-rapid-growth-in-databases-and-transaction-log-files-in-exchange-server-2007-and-2010.aspx

Whenever you have issue next time use it. According to my exp, major contributor for log growth issues are:

1) Hung backup
2) IOS
3) Virus or spam attack, if you don't have mailbox limits
4) Undersized servers which includes (CPU, RAM, Disk Space)

Hope this helps
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@demazter How long does it take to fill the transaction logs? probably a week
How many mailboxes are on the server? 2 datastores (1 datastore has 900, 2nd datastore has 125 mailboxes)
Are they high use mailboxes? Lots of emails? Yes.
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We found out that our backup team stopped the backup on our exchange servers for a week.
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You have great backup team. Better you implement monitoring tool, which can check db backup status.
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@amitkulshrestha - Tell me about it. What monitoring tool we can use? Can we go by event iDs?

Also, because of this situation two of our servers are having issues. The logs are not truncating now.  I ran a full ntbackup myself to see it and the logs didn't truncate. working with Microsoft takes forever. Is there a way we can work on this?

Please advise!

Thank you.
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Yes you can do it via script. here is the link
http://msexchangetips.blogspot.in/2006/09/exchange-event-monitoring-via-wmi.html

If logs still not purging. My suggestion is to create new db and move the mailboxes and get rid of old db.
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I solved the issue by dismounting the datastores and recreating a new upstream of transaction logs.
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I solved my own issue.
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