Offline defragmentation in exchange

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by kazi, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. kazi

    kazi Guest

    I am about to perform Offline defrag on my sbs2003 exchg via esutil. I just
    want to confirm that after defragmentation done,do I need to delete log files
    in mdbdata folder myself before mounting the information store? or does the
    defrag utility takes care of logs itself automatically?

    Any help is highly appreciated..
    kazi, Jun 16, 2006
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  2. to clear the logs stop mail coming into Exchange (close all outlooks, close
    port 25 incoming, stop POP3 connector if used) and perform a full backup of
    the store using NTBackup or similar Exchange server aware software.

    TTBOMK The offline defrag does nothing to logs and requires you to leave
    them alone.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Jun 16, 2006
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  3. kazi

    kazi Guest

    Thanks for reply

    well I performed offline defrag and the whole process was successfully done
    but guess what no change in the size of new priv1.edb or priv1.stm. I was
    Before running offline defrag,, here is what i'd done:
    " archieve all the mails from high size mailboxes to Psts, made sure that
    the system manager in exchg reflected the reduced size/items of corresponding
    mailboxes, change retention value to 0 days,ran an online defrag, dismount
    the store, stop the exchng services(just in case) and use this command
    "eseutil /d <Path of priv1.edb> /t<path of temp>"
    Despite the fact that defrag finished succesfully, evrything went in vain
    and made me so frustrated. After doing online research till 3.00 am in the
    morning I found some articles of other poor admin who had been through the
    same thing. As per his experience, I backed up newly so called defrag
    information store and mounted the database. Tested from outlook and looked
    ok. Then forced online defrag again twice and finally in event viewer id
    1221, It found that 8.1GB of free space is available. Though I'd archieved
    at least 13 GB, it only mentioned 8.1GB.
    Now I am about to run offline defrag again, hoping to get back atleast 8.1GB.
    Can anybody explain such type of unusual behaviour of exchng which Microsoft
    claims as one of their superiors products...!

    Any ideas are appreciated so that I can reduce my frustration :(
    kazi, Jun 17, 2006
  4. kazi

    kazi Guest

    Well,,, Finally I got the reduced size of priv1.edb and priv1.stm as required
    after going through the whole process of multiple online defragmentation. As
    said, All is well if end is well.. but it was mysterious and painful :(
    kazi, Jun 19, 2006
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