Database Recovery Management: Moving the log files that were committed to another location

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The Exchange Server has exbpa integrated, the administrator doesn’t need to get this kind of tools from Microsoft Website. All of these tools can be used directly from Exchange Management Console to help us in the Exchange administration. The important point in this process is that this tools should be updated whenever possible.

In this tutorial we are going to see how to move the committed log files to another place in a disk. Ps.: The backup online or incremental will do this job too.


Let’s use a possible scenario: we have two disks (c: and d:) and all of the our database are located in the drive c: which is growing up fast, so we should preserve this space as soon as possible. Our solution will be to move all the committed log files from c: to d: drive. To accomplish this issue we will use a new feature of the Databae Recovery Management tool.

Validating where the log files are created..  

To validate where the log files are created, we have to follow these steps:

  1. Open Exchange Management Console

  2. Expand Server Configuration

  3. Click on Mailbox

  4. In the Work Panel click on server (in this example will be SRV-EX02)

  5. In the Result Panel click on Storage Group (in this example will be First Storage Group)

  6. Click on Properties of this Storage Group on Toolbox Actions

  1. In the following screen in the log path we can see the physical path of the log files. Click ok.

  1. We can get all of the log files used by First Storage Group.

Moving the committed log files to another location…

Now that we now where the log files are located, we will remove all committed log files from the origina location to another drive.

  1. Open Exchange Management Console

  2. Click on Toolbox

  3. Click on Database Recovery Management and click on Open Tool in the Toolbox Actions

  1. Update and Customer Feedback. The first screen of the wizard warning about updates of the tool. Update it and click on Go to Welcome Screen.

  1. Enter Server and User Information. Fill it out with label, Domain Controller name and Exchange Server name. Click on Next.

  1. Select one of the following tasks. Click on Analyze log drive space

  1. Exchange Transaction Log Drive Statistics. Now we can see the average of the log files and how many days this server could have space to keep the log files, or course, totally based on the current statistics. Click on Select a storage group for log move

  1. Select a Storage Group for Log Move. We have to choose what Storage Group that we want to move logs.
    Log files are related to storage Group; Databases are related to mailbox store and public folder store.

  1. Confirm Log Move Configuration. We should create a new directory called Log Swap in the drive E: which will receive the committed log files. Click on Browse and choose the new folder.

  1. Copying and Removing Logs. The tool is working on the commited log files.

  1. Successfully copied the log files to the new location and removed the logs. The final screen showing that all of the committed files were moved to destiny with success.
    Detail: The current location of the log files remain the same place.

  1. We can see in the new location all of the log files that were already committed into database.

  1. We can check the original place out to validate that all of the committed log files were moved.


In this tutorial we can see how to use the Database Recovery Management to move committed log file to another location.

Written by Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio is a Canadian Exchange Server MVP and MCSM (Solutions Master) and he contributes to the Microsoft Community with articles, tutorials, blog posts, forums and book reviews. He is a regular contributor at, and (Portuguese).