Database management

Database management covers many topics. This section starts with a discussion about the basic files that constitute an Exchange mailbox database (see Figure 8-4) and then goes on to discuss some of the finer details about how transaction logs and the other files are used.

A screen shot of Windows Explorer positioned in the directory where Exchange holds the files for a mailbox database. The database (VIP.EDB) and its associated transaction logs is displayed.

Figure 8-4. Files for a mailbox database

The most important files you see in the directory used to hold an Exchange database are:

  • Database file. For example, Vip.edb. All the tables and data required to provide content to clients are held in the database.

  • Current transaction log. For example, E01.log. This log file is the one into which the Store is currently writing ...

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