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  • Hi folks,

    We are running a SBS 2003 server. I am looking for direction to Microsoft's utility that will clean out the Uce Archive folder. We are fighting with Drive space on drive C:/ and that folder in the exchange directory is eating up three and a half Gigs of space. Need to shrink that a tad. Does anyone know about the utility I am talking about? It's name? where to find it?

    Thank you,
    Anthony
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    • Edited by akersrus Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:44 PM
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:05 PM

Answers

  • There are a number of free tools to manage the UCE archive directory such the IMF Archive Manager and IMF Companion.

    I reviewed these in an article here:

    http://www.exchangeinbox.com/article.aspx?i=99

    However be warned that all these tools cannot handle 100s of thousands of files. If you have 3.5 GB of files I think you will first need to delete some of these to bring the number to manageable levels.


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    • Proposed as answer by Alexander Zammit Thursday, August 18, 2011 8:51 AM
    • Marked as answer by Xiu Zhang Friday, August 19, 2011 6:45 AM
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 5:15 PM
  • Try the others listed in the article I supplied you the link for. The IMF Archive Manager is better than IMF Companion when dealing with many files.

    However in all cases you will have to FIRST bring down the number of files to a few 10s of thousands.


    Exchange Message Recalling Works! - http://www.windeveloper.com/recall/
    • Marked as answer by Xiu Zhang Friday, August 19, 2011 6:44 AM
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 6:15 PM
  • If you really need to keep the files, why not move them to a different drive?
    To move all of them in a bulk use CMD --> move *.* D:\Uce_Archive


    Martina Miskovic
    • Marked as answer by Xiu Zhang Friday, August 19, 2011 6:44 AM
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 6:39 PM
  • You may try Intelligent Message Filter Archive Manager (IMFAM).With IMFAM you can delete messages, resubmit them (by moving them to the Pickup folder), copy message content to the clipboard and last but not least report potential spam to a Real-time Blocklist provider.

    http://imfam.codeplex.com/releases/view/2784

    Regards,

    Xiu

     

    • Marked as answer by Xiu Zhang Friday, August 19, 2011 6:44 AM
    Friday, August 12, 2011 5:54 AM
  • It is safe to delete those files. They are not in Exchange and form no part of it. The “Junk Mail” folders in Exchange are for mail that still got into Exchange. All that stuff in UCE Archive did not get into the database.
     
    "akersrus" wrote in message news:2000b294-5520-4026-8898-f2be1a6a1901...
    Well, it is about the same, All of the IMF Managers listed become unresponsive or cause the server to become unresponsive. From what I understand there is just to many files in the folder. I don't know if it is safe to just delete those files. Since the Junk mail does keep track of them.

    Mark Arnold, Exchange MVP.
    • Proposed as answer by Xiu Zhang Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:21 AM
    • Marked as answer by Xiu Zhang Friday, August 19, 2011 6:44 AM
    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 3:40 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    As per my knowledge there is no any specific utility to clean C drove, thee are lots of third party available to do this. YOu can use Tree Size utility.

    http://www.jam-software.com/treesize/


    Anil MCC 2011,ITIL V3,MCSA 2003,MCTS 2010, My Blog : http://messagingschool.wordpress.com
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:23 PM
  • I appreciate the reply, But I have used a drive space utility. Which tells me that the uce archive folder is wasting a bunch of space.

    That is the folder I need to clean, The junk mail from the IMF in Exchange 2003

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:28 PM
  • There are a number of free tools to manage the UCE archive directory such the IMF Archive Manager and IMF Companion.

    I reviewed these in an article here:

    http://www.exchangeinbox.com/article.aspx?i=99

    However be warned that all these tools cannot handle 100s of thousands of files. If you have 3.5 GB of files I think you will first need to delete some of these to bring the number to manageable levels.


    Exchange Message Recalling Works! - http://www.windeveloper.com/recall/
    • Proposed as answer by Alexander Zammit Thursday, August 18, 2011 8:51 AM
    • Marked as answer by Xiu Zhang Friday, August 19, 2011 6:45 AM
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 5:15 PM
  • BTW if you don’t want to stay managing the UCE archive dir, consider changing the Exchange IMF Settings from Archive to Reject under:

    Global Settings | Message Delivery | Intelligent Message Filter

    If you archive spam without reviewing it, then Archiving is pointless.

    Here is why rejection is IMO the best way to deal with spam:

    http://www.exchangeinbox.com/article.aspx?i=107


    Exchange Message Recalling Works! - http://www.windeveloper.com/recall/
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 5:25 PM
  • OK, I have tried IMF companion and the IMF has been running since the server was brought on-line in 2007. The Uce-archive folder is a mess. The freeware I tried just buffer overrun errors. You have a better piece of software in mind that I could try.

    Thanks

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 6:01 PM
  • Try the others listed in the article I supplied you the link for. The IMF Archive Manager is better than IMF Companion when dealing with many files.

    However in all cases you will have to FIRST bring down the number of files to a few 10s of thousands.


    Exchange Message Recalling Works! - http://www.windeveloper.com/recall/
    • Marked as answer by Xiu Zhang Friday, August 19, 2011 6:44 AM
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 6:15 PM
  • If you really need to keep the files, why not move them to a different drive?
    To move all of them in a bulk use CMD --> move *.* D:\Uce_Archive


    Martina Miskovic
    • Marked as answer by Xiu Zhang Friday, August 19, 2011 6:44 AM
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 6:39 PM
  • You may try Intelligent Message Filter Archive Manager (IMFAM).With IMFAM you can delete messages, resubmit them (by moving them to the Pickup folder), copy message content to the clipboard and last but not least report potential spam to a Real-time Blocklist provider.

    http://imfam.codeplex.com/releases/view/2784

    Regards,

    Xiu

     

    • Marked as answer by Xiu Zhang Friday, August 19, 2011 6:44 AM
    Friday, August 12, 2011 5:54 AM
  • Hi,

    How is the issue now?

    Xiu

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 3:23 AM
  • Well, it is about the same, All of the IMF Managers listed become unresponsive or cause the server to become unresponsive. From what I understand there is just to many files in the folder. I don't know if it is safe to just delete those files. Since the Junk mail does keep track of them.
    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 2:24 PM
  • It is safe to delete those files. They are not in Exchange and form no part of it. The “Junk Mail” folders in Exchange are for mail that still got into Exchange. All that stuff in UCE Archive did not get into the database.
     
    "akersrus" wrote in message news:2000b294-5520-4026-8898-f2be1a6a1901...
    Well, it is about the same, All of the IMF Managers listed become unresponsive or cause the server to become unresponsive. From what I understand there is just to many files in the folder. I don't know if it is safe to just delete those files. Since the Junk mail does keep track of them.

    Mark Arnold, Exchange MVP.
    • Proposed as answer by Xiu Zhang Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:21 AM
    • Marked as answer by Xiu Zhang Friday, August 19, 2011 6:44 AM
    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 3:40 PM