Offline exchange defragmentation

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Mehran, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. Mehran

    Mehran Guest

    Our SBS 2003 server, has reached the 16Gb limit. I cannot upgrade to
    Exchange SP2 till I overcome the Large Database Problem. I just deleted a
    lot of old mailboxes, and a lot deleted items, around 6 or 7Gb. Changed the
    KEEP DELETED ITEMS & MAILBOX to zero days. Then I dismounted the Information
    Store and ran the
    ESEUTIL /d d:\..\priv1.edb command.
    It goes through no problem but the size stays the same or maybe a few bytes
    less. I have done this a few times in the past on a different server and it
    has always worked.

    Any ideas?

    Mehran, Jul 9, 2007
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  2. Your application event logs should have a lot of 1221 events (online
    maintenance) - which will show you the amount of free space you can expect
    to recover from each store during an offline defrag. If you don't see much,
    don't bother.

    Why do you not think you can install E2003 SP2 right now?

    Exchange Server 2003 mailbox store does not mount when the mailbox store
    database reaches the 16-GB limit

    <schoolmarm mode ON>

    You need to keep your server patched....SP2 should have been put on here a
    long time ago. That said, even with SP2, you need sensible / workable
    mailbox quotas in place, so your store can't grow out of control. Do the
    math; # of users * max size of mailbox + sufficient room for DIRT.....and
    err on the side of caution.

    <schoolmarm mode OFF>
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jul 9, 2007
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