How to: Clear Exchange 2013 / 2016 log files

With Exchange 2013 and especially 2016, Microsoft started logging more than in earlier versions. These logs are intended to help them if you call in with problems. However, it seems like the biggest problem is the space these logs can take up. Once your Exchange server gets below a certain amount of free space on the drive where logs are stored you will see mail queuing up due to back pressure, Event ID 15006.

Some research led me to a couple of solutions; I’m using one with a few tweaks that helped it to run in our environment.

NOTE: these are not the mail logs, please don’t fill the comments telling me that we shouldn’t manually delete any logs from Exchange lest we be visited by plagues of locusts, etc. These are performance and error logs, they can safely be manually deleted and must be, since they are not cleaned out automatically.


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Intune check commands

Status dsregcmd /status To re-register hybrid Azure AD joined Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016/2019 devices, take the following steps: Open the command prompt as an administrator. Enter dsregcmd.exe /debug /leave.…

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Enable External Forwarding in Microsoft 365

When setting up forwarding from Microsoft 365 (formerly referred to as Office 365) to Help Scout, you may need take an additional step to complete the process. Some Microsoft 365 accounts default to block automatic email forwarding as part of their outbound spam protection. If external forwarding is disabled for your Microsoft 365 account, you will see a specific bounce message in your inbox at Microsoft 365 after attempting to set up forwarding to Help Scout. The text of the bounce will include this line: (more…)

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