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Managing transaction log files in Exchange Server 2007

Discover what to do with transaction log files on Exchange Server and why these files are so important to your database.

Q: I have a user running Exchange Server 2007 on Windows Server 2008 and she has not backed up her data since the initial install. There are several log files that are taking up space on the drive. Is it possible to delete some of the log files, then back up the client's Exchange server?

A: This is not possible because these are transaction log files for the Exchange database and are an essential part of your database. You need to run an Exchange-aware backup of the server. Running the backup will flush the logs properly. Your client should be running an Exchange-aware backup regularly, otherwise the log files will fill up the Exchange server disks, which will result in Exchange shutting down.

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