5.9 Establishing Archive Maintenance

The Messenger archive is stored in a database format that requires occasional maintenance:

5.9.1 Expiring Old Conversations

It might not be practical to store all conversations indefinitely. Establishing archive maintenance procedures keeps your archive current and eliminates obsolete conversations.

  1. In ConsoleOne, browse to and right-click the Messenger Service object.

  2. Click Properties > Novell Messenger > Archive.

    Messenger Server Archive page
  3. Fill in the following fields to control when the Archive Agent performs maintenance on the archive, including when old conversations are expired and deleted from the Messenger archive and when the expiration process takes place.

    Delay: Specify the number of hours after midnight when you want the Archive Agent to perform maintenance. The default is 2 hours after midnight (2:00 a.m.).

    Interval: Specify how often to perform maintenance. The default is 4 hours.

    Expire: Specify the number of days you want to keep conversations in the archive. The default is 90 days. Specify 0 (zero) to disable expiration and retain all conversations indefinitely.

  4. Click OK to save the archive maintenance settings.

  5. Stop and then start the Archive Agent to put the maintenance settings into effect.

When the Archive Agent expires conversations, it does not reduce the physical size of the Messenger archive. However, the archive does not grow again until the space reclaimed by expiring conversations has been filled.

5.9.2 Repairing the Archive

If the Messenger archive is damaged for any reason, you can repair it at the Archive Agent console and Web Console. For instructions, see Controlling the Archive Agent from the Archive Agent Console and Using the Archive Agent Web Console and GroupWise Monitor.