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If the MSME Update Task performs a DAT update, the Purge DATs Routine (Purge Old Definitions.exe) runs correctly and removes older DAT files that are no longer necessary.
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I found both the problem and the solution: Mcafee update so basicly update their Mcafee group shield to the newest service pack and we are all back in buisness..
while I have some limited exchange experience and AD too. I don't wanna crash their server for a week and have them need to get someone to recover it. is it supposedly as easy as to click an 'update' button and to reboot your server..
If you use MSME 8.5 managed by e PO - the MSME 8.5 Extensions provide a specific task which can delete the old dat file folders.
This can be seen by going into e PO - Client Task Catalog - expand the list of tasks under Mc Afee Security for Microsoft Exchange 8.5 the task is named Purge Old Dats Task.
This might be a bit late for you as you asked a good while ago.
But Mc Afee Groupshield (and other Exchange A/V products) talk to Exchange using something called VSAPI; this is provided by Exchange itself () So if Groupshield goes wrong, simply kill it all off and stop the service and Exchange will carry on working (obviously sans virus / spam protection) This gives you some time to sort the issue out properly, without affecting production service.
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