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sem5.log is growing huge in size

Created: 18 Mar 2012 • Updated: 19 Mar 2012 | 3 comments
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How to reduse sem5.log file size

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W007's picture

  1) Stop the Symantec

1) Stop the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager and Symantec Embedded Database Service.

2) Rename / Delete the current log

3) Click Start, click on Run and Type "CMD" then click OK

4) In the Command Prompt type: "CD C:\Program Files\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager\ASA\win32\" and press Enter this will change directories to the folder containing dbsrv11.exe.

5) To force the recreation of sem5.log. Type: "dbsrv11 -f "C:\Program Files\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager\db\sem5.db" and press Enter

6) Click Start, click on Run and Type "services.msc" then click OK and start the Symantec Embedded Database Service

7) Start the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager service.

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Simpson Homer's picture

The issue that your facing is a known issue and would be fixed in the soon to come patches..

Mick2009's picture

Hi Patrick,

Are you using SEP 12.1 RU1 Small Business Edition, by any chance?  If so, you may be encountering a known issue.

Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (SEPM) Database Transaction Log (sem5.log) Consumes Hard Drive Space in SEP SBE 12.1 RU1
Article: TECH178718   |  Created: 2012-01-11   |  Updated: 2012-02-29   | 
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Contact Technical Support for confirmation, and access to a tool that will fix the issue (if it is indeed what you are experiencing!)

Hope this helps,


With thanks and best regards,