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Exchange 5.5 lack of space

By stergios_nik ·
Hello,

My hard drive is low in hard disk space. I noticed that my Exchange Server "eats" 10-20MB per day... Is it normal or something wrong is going on...? I had a terrible experience with Archiving last year... and disabled it...

I was wondering whether there are any other options that I could safely disable in order to preserve my hard disk space. Do you know where any temporary/failed messages are stored that I could delete them or even stop the mail server from storing them on the server?

Thanks in advance.

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by timwalsh In reply to Exchange 5.5 lack of spac ...

Unless you are supporting a large number of users, an decrease in disk space of 10-20MB /day sounds wrong.

I suspect this is a transaction logging/backup issue. I'm going to assume that you have circular logging turned off. Exchange creates transaction logs as email is sent out and received. These logs are used to help restore a corrupt information store.

The maximum file size for a transaction log is 5MB. Additional log files are created as needed each day. These logs continue to accumulate until a successful normal or incremental backup of the information store is accomplished.

Are you doing regular backups? If so, are they successful? I suspect either you aren't doing backups, or they aren't successfully completing. Otherwise, the log files would not continue to accumulate. The default location for the log files is c:\exchsvr\MDBdata. If you have multiple disk drives thay may be on a different drive, but in the same folder. The log files will be named edbXXXXX.log (where XXXXX is a different number for each successive log file. If you find a large number of these files, backups AREN'T being accomplished successfully.

The ONLY way to safely get rid of these files is to do a backup. Using any other method runs the EXTREME risk of totally corrupting your information store database.

Hope this helps.

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