SBS 2008 SharePoint_Config_log.LDF large - how to shrink?

Hey Guys

I am running out of space on my C:\ drive on my SBS 2008 server.
I ran a hard drive search and found that a large chunk of my usage is the "SharePoint_Config_log.LDF" file. It's currently at about 15GB.

In  the “SQL Server Management Studio express” I backed up the database and ran a shrink on it. But that made no difference.

I was thinking of detaching the database and deleting the "SharePoint_Config_log.LDF".
Then setting the maximum growth MB to 1024.

Do you guys think that is a safe thing to do?
I've never performed that task on an SQL database before.
What do you guys think?

Kind Regards
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Shreedhar EtteCommented:
Please refer this article to fix issue:

However do backup you SharePoint database before making changes.
Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
If you can't get anywhere with the above links, please have a read of my blog which covers this exact situation:


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moncompAuthor Commented:
Hey Alan

That did the trick :) Now have plenty of space available on the C:\ drive.

Much appreciation for the other options too. They all pretty much lead to the same solution.
Erik TremblayCommented:
Here's what I use..
Run this a few times to shrink ldf. Just change the WSS_config to your database

BACKUP LOG [WSS_Config] TO  DISK = N'E:\Backup\Backup.bak' WITH NOFORMAT, NOINIT,  NAME = N'$Database-Transaction Log Backup', SKIP, NOREWIND, NOUNLOAD,  STATS = 10
    DBCC SHRINKFILE (WSS_Config , 42)
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