exchange 2003 log growing fast

Posted on 2014-08-26
Last Modified: 2014-08-29
Hi Experts,

One of my logs in Exchange 2003 grows very fast.  The path is C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\ServerName.log.  The file name is 20140826.log.  Everyday Exchange creates a new log with date as name.  Our transaction log is not in C:\.  What is this log?  Why does it grow at 4mb per second?  How can I fix this issue?

Please help.

Thank you so much in advance.

Question by:EnjoyNet
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    Expert Comment

    by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
    That is message tracking.

    You can control the settings for Message Tracking on the properties of the server in ESM. That includes how many days of logs you retain.

    How many users do you on your platform? Rapid growth isn't unusual, but it depends on the number of users. Have you looked at the queues to ensure the server isn't being abused?

    It is not something I would recommend turning off, because the tool can be very useful. That also just hides the symptoms, rather than dealing with the actual cause.


    Author Comment

    Actually it looks like the abused or virus.  We are not using this server for email.  We just use it as our POP authentication.  So let's turn it off first.  May I know how to turn it off?  Thanks

    Author Comment

    I got it and turned it off to see what is going on.  Do you have any other suggestions? Thanks
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    Expert Comment

    by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
    have you even looked in the log to see what it contains?

    Author Comment

    too big.  don't know how to open it.  3- 4 gb.  now it stops growing after I disable the tracking.
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    Accepted Solution

    The server must be being abused. If you aren't using it for email then you must be using it for SMTP sending (as POP3 is for receiving email). Therefore I would expect that an account has been compromised and a lot of email is being passed through the server.

    As I wrote above, turning message tracking off hasn't really dealt with the problem. You need to find the cause.

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    Assisted Solution


    Try this

    Try changing message tracking logs location to some other drive and move the current ServerName.log (backup) and then delete and start the server and see whether the growth of the log is in control,if not you might need to logoff message tracking if you are really not taking advantage of it.

    Hope that helps :)

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