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Exchange 2003 Maintenance Tasks

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Hi,
Can anyone please give me a list or give me a document reference of maintenance tasks that should be done on an exchange 2003 server and database including defrag etc?

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Andrew
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Unofficially, as a guy who whonked E55 really inside and out (in my own little opinion..)..


You're asking (kinda) how to fix a problem after it shows up.  Yeah, I know that's not your intent -- but that's  how I read it the first time through.  

If you're asking for that, focus on the basics:

1)  Know you can restore from however you backup.  
(you do make offline backups, do you not?)  (You do DO that more than once every 180 days, right?)  (do it EVERY day..)

2)  Frequency of defrag or other "offline" maintenance is going to vary drasticly depending on how big your org, site, DBs, etc.. are.  You did keep those DBs small (under 10GB) and limit those mailboxes, right?  You've planned so that you have enough space to actually defrag them if you want/need to?

3)  Personally, I never had a problem, even with E55, that required a defrag.  Occasionally I ran the process -- to deal with or diagnose other problems (usually dir related -- what we'd busted somehow because we were idiots..)..   but I can not remember once single instance (other than hw failure) where the DB became so inconsistant that it had to be eseutil/d'd to get it working..  


So, I think you might be focusing on the small problems..  and I just want to be sure you've addressed the big ones.  (you do make backups..  and you do know how to restore them..  meaning, you've actually done it..)



best wishes.

-- Scott.



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Thanks guys for your help.

The question really was, what should I do regularly to ensure ongoing optimal function of the Exchange server.  It seems from the answers, nothing - just keep backups and plently of disk space.  

I've split the points between you both.  
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