RE: Exchange Log Files

  • From: "Taylor, George" <gtaylor@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2006 14:44:28 -0700

It's possible you broke the log file stream/consistancy and those files
are actually committed but failed to be deleted.  Was the database in a
clean down state when you removed the files?  I believe the first thing
I would do is a full backup and then shutdown the databases and insure
they are in a clean state, this applies all of the log files.  You can
then copy and remove all of the log files, if you remove the current,
EDB.LOG, you'll also restart the log file stream, nice fresh start from
that point forward but you'll not be able to roll forward from any
previous backups.  If you can't get to a clean state take a look at
microsoft's knowledge base article 240145, it's good reading.

George Taylor
Systems Programmer
Regional Health Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Todd Zajicek [mailto:toddz@xxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2006 1:21 PM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] Exchange Log Files

I have an Exchange 2003 server and have been doing backups of the
Exchange store since I started the server about 2 years ago.  The middle
of December, 2005, my backups failed and I stopped backing up the store
until I purchased a new backup unit.
I noticed that my hard drive was filling up very fast.  I checked my log
files in the MDBDATA directory and the files were not being deleted
because I was not backing up .  I deleted several of the files to free
up about 3 gig of space.
I started backing up shortly after and noticed that since I restarted my
backups, using Microsoft Server 2003 Backup, I noticed that my log files
are not being deleted.  I still have log files that are going back to
December 20, 2005.
Any thoughts?

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