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I have a exchange shell script that I run manually to clear out a bunch of log files that are created by exchange which eats up storage space on our environment.

Unfortunately, I cannot get this to work as a scheduled task as it keeps failing. Can anyone guide me to help automate this?
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by:Colin McDonald
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Can you provide details of the error received when running the scheduled task?

Can you provide screen shots of task settings
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by:MSSC_support
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Ok.  At the moment I have it configured to run whether user is logged on or not and with highest privileges.

The program/script is set to:
C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe

and argument:

-NonInteractive -WindowStyle Hidden -command ". 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15\bin\RemoteExchange.ps1'; Connect-ExchangeServer -auto; 'C:\Purge Logs\Purge-LogFiles keep 7 days.ps1'"

The error message i get is 0x0.

Hope this helps.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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a return of 0 normally means success, non zero means failure. Have you tried circular logging or getting an exchange aware backup
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I use this line in a batch file to do the same thing, but for IIS logs. You can try this as opposed to using a PS script, works perfectly fine as a Scheduled Task:
forfiles /p "C:\logs" /m *.log /d -7 /C "cmd /c del @file"

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Feel free to replace del @file  with echo @file to get a list of which files the script will delete. This is what I do when I want to test the batch file.
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This works but is slightly more risky.
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