Microsoft KB Archive/169770

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XADM: How To Move Tracking Logs and Directory

Article ID: 169770

Article Last Modified on 10/28/2006


  • Microsoft Exchange Server 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 Standard Edition

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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry. Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore it if a problem occurs. For information about how to do this, view the "Restoring the Registry" Help topic in Regedit.exe or the "Restoring a Registry Key" Help topic in Regedt32.exe.


You can move the Tracking.log directory from one drive to another, for example, <Drive>:\Exchsrvr\Tracking.log to <Newdrive>:\Exchsrvr\Tracking.log. Moving the tracking logs to another drive may be required for backup purposes and for access by other applications.


WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys And Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and Delete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it.

To move the Tracking.log directory, perform the following steps:

  1. In Control Panel Services, stop the Exchange System Attendant service.
  2. Copy the <drive>:\Exchsrvr\Tracking.log directory to another drive.
  3. Change the following registry setting to point to the new location that in step #2:

       Hkey_local_machine\system\current control set\services\MS
       ExchangeSA\Parameters\Log Directory
       = <Newdrive>:\Exchsrvr\Tracking.log
  4. Restart the System Attendant service.
  5. Remove the Tracking.log share currently on the Exchange Server and re-share the new Exchsrvr\Tracking.log directory with the name:


    If you receive an error when deleting the share, check to see if another Administrator is currently trying to track messages on the Exchange Server.

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