Exchange 5.5 Question - Defragmentation

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by HMOOC, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. HMOOC

    HMOOC Guest

    I want to perform a defrag procedures on our Exchange 5.5 server. The
    priv.edb is at appx 12 Gig and Pub is at appx 647 MBYTE. The version of the
    Exchange server is Std and so I am a bit concern that it's going to tip over
    the 16 G information store limitation. What I am confused about is the disk
    space that is requires running the defragmentation process. Currently, we
    have used up 14.6 G of disk space on the D drive and so there's 16.4 G of
    disk space left. I have read that you need at least 110% of the disk space
    to run the defragmentation process but is it 110% disk space of the Priv.edb
    and Pub.edb size or 110% of the 14.6 G of disk space being use for the files?

    We are working on migrating this dinosaur server to SBS2003 on new hardware
    but in the interim, I need to maintain the existing server until we bring in
    the new machine.

    If it's not possible to perform a local defrag, I have read an article on
    remote defrag.

    I was wondering if anyone had done it this way and is it just
    straightforward as indicated from the article.

    I would really appreciate your feedback!
    HMOOC, Jan 24, 2006
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  2. It is has been a long time since I have seen a 5.5. server. Before you
    embark on a defrag have you determined how much white space exists within
    the database? For Exchange 2000/2003 you would be looking for event 1221 in
    the local event veiwer after store maintenance was completed. If you don't
    have much white space it won't be worth the time to defrag. In answer to
    your question it would 110% of the database you specify in the defrag.
    Kevin Longley, Jan 25, 2006
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  3. HMOOC

    HMOOC Guest

    OK I have read from an online source that in order to see the Event ID 1221
    in the app log, I will need to "Set the Deleted Item Retention time for
    messages to 0 and IS maintenance to
    "always". I have figured out how to set the retention time. I am not sure
    where to set IS maintenance is always.


    HMOOC, Jan 25, 2006
  4. HMOOC

    Hank Arnold Guest

    ??? I get the message in our event logs and our retention time is 30
    days..... Whether or not the message appears depends on the auditing you
    have chosen, not that parameter.

    You reduce the retention time in order to increase the white space. You
    should consider this as a temporary measure in order to buy time to increase
    the drive space (or upgrade) or do an offline defrag if the 16GB limit is
    about to (or already has been) reached...
    Hank Arnold, Jan 25, 2006
  5. HMOOC

    HMOOC Guest


    The problem is I don't see the Event ID 1221 in the App log. My exchange
    was set to 14 days retention for deleted items. That is the reason I did
    some reading and research about how to set Exchange so that it would should
    up. Would you know where I configure IS maintenance to "ALWAYS"

    HMOOC, Jan 25, 2006
  6. HMOOC

    HMOOC Guest

    I just saw the Event ID 1221 come up this morning :)

    Well there does not seem to be too much white space there. It's show that
    the "database has 1786 mbytes of free space after the online defragmentation
    has been terminated.

    I am going to wait until it get to the 4 G free space and perform a defrag
    at that time. I am going to reduce the retention deleted items to 7 days

    Thanks for all your help!
    HMOOC, Jan 25, 2006
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