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HELP - Exchange Log Files are Not deleting after added to database

By bob.hunt ·
I could use a bit of help here. Quick background - never worked with Exchange. Have been doing mostly project contract work last 4 years. Never been in a true Admin position, but I am now.

Started at job 2 weeks ago and what a mess. I'll get into that at a later time, but I question my preddecessors abilitities.

My current problem that I'm trying to resolve is that in the MDBDATA folder of Exchange, there seem to be log files piling high. My teammate tells me that "Exchange keeps making these files. We just try to delete them before they fill up the hard drive."


I know absolutely nothing about Exchange, but I know enough that this probably shouldn't be the case.

I did a bit of research and found that these 5 mb log files are created as a temp file before the information is added to the database. In case of a crash, these files would be needed to restore had the info not been added to the database. I also learned that there should only be about 4 or 5 of these files in the folder. My assumption is that they get deleted after they are added to the db.

Is there a setting I need to change so that these files get deleted after they are added to the DB?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I'm just trying to fix the basic problems as I come across thenm and this appears to be one.


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perform a backup

by is In reply to HELP - Exchange Log Files ...

from what I have been able to find out if you create a backup using the echange backup tools it will remove the files

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by bob.hunt In reply to perform a backup

So, you're saying that once I create a backup it will remove the log files. After that, will they delete themselves after writing to the database or will I have to do a backup each time to remove them?

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from what I read

by is In reply to ???

From what I read, after backup exec runs, each time, it clears out all old files and starts a new log. So you have to back up each time.

Try going to this site

About a quarter of the way down
Hope it helps

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this is correct

by len In reply to perform a backup

We had the same problem as our hard drive suddenly became full. The back up had stopped working.

Each log is about 5mb or so and they replicate so quickly it can fill up a hard drive in a weekend or so.

Getting the backup to work properly fixed the problem. DO NOT DELETE THEM MANUALLY! It is not recommended.

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