Relocating the logs for Exchange 2000

How to relocate logs in Exchange 2000.

The transaction logs associated with a particular storage group in Exchange 2000 can be moved from their default...

locations. If you have installed new storage on the computer in question and want to move the logs there, instead of having them take up existing space (which may be limited), you can do so, but bear in mind that the storage group in question will be offline during the move.

Exchange servers that have a lot of traffic may find their logs getting a lot larger than they imagined, and may need to relocate them if the original storage plan they had doesn't provide enough log space.

  1. In Exchange System Manager, right-click on the Storage Group whose logs you want to move. Select Properties.

  2. Under the General tab, click the Browse button under Transaction Log Location for the types of logs you want to move.

  3. Select the folder to move the logs to and click OK, then Apply. You'll get a warning about the storage group being temporarily dismounted; click Yes to continue.

  4. You'll get a progress bar that indicates how long the migration will take. This will vary depending on how big the logs are.

It is a good idea to perform a full online backup after doing this.

Serdar Yegulalp is the editor of the Windows 2000 Power Users Newsletter.

Editor's Note: This tip originally appeared on

This was last published in May 2002

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