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Hi guys

I want to free some disk space on Windows 2008 Server running Exchange 2010

I am not too sure but is there any way I can compact the Database or clear logs to free up some disk space and how?

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If you have disk space issue, first thing you can do, is to enable circular logging, that will reduce the logs size. However, not a recommend solution, you can use a temp solution, get the disk expanded and then enable it back. Or if expansion not possible, setup new disk and move the db to another drive.
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Some of the suggestions in the post referred to above may help. However, I do want to caution you about trying to manually shrink the .edb file as suggested in the accepted answer to that post.  In all the documentation I've read, Microsoft specifically recommends against manually shrinking an Exchange 2010 .edb file.  In fact, the MS documentation goes so far as to say that the best way to shrink the size of your mailbox database is to create a new mailbox database and move all of the mailboxes.  This seems absurd, but it does work.  Only problem is you still need the extra disk space as required for manually compacting the database, because of course you'll have both databases in operation for a period of time. The upside is that you don't have to take down your entire Exchange operation to do it.

If your logs are building up over more than a day or two, then you're not performing full online backups of your Exchange database often enough.  A full VSS-aware database backup of Exchange will purge all of the committed log files through the date and time of the backup.  We do a full backup every night in order to keep disk space usage on the log file drive to a minimum.
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Run Full Exchange Backup this will flush the logs files to create more disk space.

Also download the tree size and check which folder is utilizing more space and letus know.
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