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tmp files Filling Up C:\windows\temp Folder

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  • Since a reboot of our Exchange 2007 SP3 server on Monday the C:\windows\temp folder has been filling up with temp files called ifsXXX.tmp. There are tens of thousands of them and they are all open by store.exe. They can't even be deleted until the server is once more rebooted and store.exe lets go of them. Why are these files all suddenly being created and not deleted?
    Hibs Ya Bass!
    Thursday, May 26, 2011 4:04 AM

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  • Hi Hibs,

    Do you have any other software installed, such as backup agents or Anti virus? Have you made any recent changes to the server.

    First point of call to find out what process has those .tmp files open would be one of the sysinternals tools, such asProcess Explorer . Meanwhile You can change TEMP to use another folder elsewhere. Just create a new folder, and then in the System Control Panel, click on Advanced, Environment Variables and change TEMP to point to the new location. Restart services.

    More info :

    http://searchexchange.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid43_gci1136375,00.html

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/exchangesvrgeneral/thread/c175e70d-e9bb-4b71-a65d-ead75f4e6e03/

     


    Anil MCC 2011,ITIL V3,MCSA 2003,MCTS 2011, My Blog : http://messagingschool.wordpress.com
    Thursday, May 26, 2011 7:15 AM
  • Hi Hibs,

    Do you have any other software installed, such as backup agents or Anti virus? Have you made any recent changes to the server.

    First point of call to find out what process has those .tmp files open would be one of the sysinternals tools, such asProcess Explorer . Meanwhile You can change TEMP to use another folder elsewhere. Just create a new folder, and then in the System Control Panel, click on Advanced, Environment Variables and change TEMP to point to the new location. Restart services.

    More info :

    http://searchexchange.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid43_gci1136375,00.html

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/exchangesvrgeneral/thread/c175e70d-e9bb-4b71-a65d-ead75f4e6e03/

     


    Anil MCC 2011,ITIL V3,MCSA 2003,MCTS 2011, My Blog : http://messagingschool.wordpress.com
    There is AV on the server but it has always been there. The only new software would be windows updates. As I said in the OP store.exe has all of these files open (I used Process Explorer for this).

    Also, 90% of the files are 0KB but some of theem can be up to12 MB in size.

    Hibs Ya Bass!
    Thursday, May 26, 2011 8:21 PM
  • Hi Hibs,

    Do you have any other software installed, such as backup agents or Anti virus? Have you made any recent changes to the server.

    First point of call to find out what process has those .tmp files open would be one of the sysinternals tools, such asProcess Explorer . Meanwhile You can change TEMP to use another folder elsewhere. Just create a new folder, and then in the System Control Panel, click on Advanced, Environment Variables and change TEMP to point to the new location. Restart services.

    More info :

    http://searchexchange.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid43_gci1136375,00.html

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/exchangesvrgeneral/thread/c175e70d-e9bb-4b71-a65d-ead75f4e6e03/

     


    Anil MCC 2011,ITIL V3,MCSA 2003,MCTS 2011, My Blog : http://messagingschool.wordpress.com


    This morning i disabled AV but that didn't help.

    However when I stopped the Information Store service all of the latest temp files disappeared (this didn't happen yesterday with all the temp files dating back to Monday). I then started the Information store service and within 3 mins all the temp files started accumulating again.


    Hibs Ya Bass!
    Thursday, May 26, 2011 8:55 PM
  • Do you have any Macentourage users connecting to your system?  This was a known issue in that circumstance:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-IE/exchangesvrgeneral/thread/005edc90-2e98-44b4-b5c9-2719873ffc15


    TBrennan
    Thursday, May 26, 2011 9:03 PM
  • Do you have any Macentourage users connecting to your system?  This was a known issue in that circumstance:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-IE/exchangesvrgeneral/thread/005edc90-2e98-44b4-b5c9-2719873ffc15


    TBrennan
    That is EXACTLY what is happening here but we don't have any Mac User using exchange. We're also running Exchange 2007 (SP3) so I'm not sure if the reference to .stm file relevant or not?

    Hibs Ya Bass!
    Friday, May 27, 2011 12:10 AM
  • Hi
       Do your user send email through abnormal email software ?


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    Friday, May 27, 2011 2:36 AM
  • Hi
       Do your user send email through abnormal email software ?


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    Not that I'm aware. Everyone uses either Outlook 2003/2007 or OWA. Definitely no Mac users.

    Hibs Ya Bass!
    Friday, May 27, 2011 2:52 AM
  • Hi
       Are you convenient to run exbpa to test your configuration?
       I just talk about your thread with my colleagues.
       It is heard that some special email software or some special format html email will cause this issue.


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    Friday, May 27, 2011 8:08 AM
  • Hi
       Are you convenient to run exbpa to test your configuration?
       I just talk about your thread with my colleagues.
       It is heard that some special email software or some special format html email will cause this issue.


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    Actually, now I come to think of it we have a few users using an application on their mobile phones called Nokia for Exchange. Maybe this could be the culprit?

    Hibs Ya Bass!
    Sunday, May 29, 2011 8:03 PM
  • Hi
    3 rd software may cause this kind of problem. It is proper reason.
    In fact, we always run EXBPA to check exchange.
    If the issue doesn’t affect exchange performance, we always ignore it.

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    Monday, May 30, 2011 1:19 AM
  • Hi
    3 rd software may cause this kind of problem. It is proper reason.
    In fact, we always run EXBPA to check exchange.
    If the issue doesn’t affect exchange performance, we always ignore it.

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    Which EXBPA report are you talking about. The Health Check?

    Hibs Ya Bass!
    Monday, May 30, 2011 3:51 AM
  • yeah Best Practices Analyzer
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    Monday, May 30, 2011 3:54 AM
  • yeah Best Practices Analyzer
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    Yeah, but which scan in EXBPA would help me with this problem, Health Check, Permission Check, Connectivity test or Baseline? I've already run Health Check but there is no mention of the issue with the tmp files.

    Hibs Ya Bass!
    Monday, May 30, 2011 4:10 AM
  • Hi
       Maybe I don’t explain it clearly.
       My suggestion is to check healthy. If the result is “pass”, I can know that not misconfiguration causes the tmp issue.  No special tool or program can check tmp issue.


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    Monday, May 30, 2011 4:46 AM
  • Hi
       Maybe I don’t explain it clearly.
       My suggestion is to check healthy. If the result is “pass”, I can know that not misconfiguration causes the tmp issue.  No special tool or program can check tmp issue.


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    Health Check was fine.

    Hibs Ya Bass!
    Monday, May 30, 2011 4:48 AM
  • I just came across this question as I had the same issue and was looking for a solution. I was able to figure it out and wanted to let people know what I found.

    We had recently installed Unified Messaging but hadn't gotten it completely set up. It was in this state for several weeks waiting to be "finished". After I ran a Windows Update my C: drive began to fill up almost daily and the Windows\Temp folder kept getting tons of .tmp files. The event viewer was showing Unified Messaging failing almost every second and each one of those failures was writing a temp file. For now, I just disabled the UM service and everything seemed to be fine. I will turn it back on when we get around to connecting it all up and hopefully that will stop the errors and temp logs.

    TMark86

    I am using Exchange 2010 but I know that 2007 and 2010 are very similar.

    Thursday, December 06, 2012 3:04 PM