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exchage 2003 std database full

So I have a full exchange std database. So full that the mount dismounted.
I'm running the eseutil defrag atm but its taking forever. I didn't have enough space on my HD's so I had to get an externail USB drive. So that bottleneck is slowing things down. I think it is going to take hours to complete and I hope it completes without error.

Is there anything I can do to shrink the database quicky so that I can mount the database. Or anything I can do if the eseutil fails for shrink my database enough to mount it?

I want to get people back online so that I can put in the hard limits and make them delete their mail.

thanks

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Exchange_AdminCommented:
Call Microsoft PSS. There is a patch you can download that will allow you to extend the database limits to 17 GB.
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jimmy6154Author Commented:
Thanks I will do that but once I get the database mounted besides shrinking it with the eseutil tool how else do I shrink it, quickly.


thanks
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SembeeCommented:
There is a registry change to increase the database limit to 17gb.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=828070

Otherwise you only have two options.

1. Fo the offline defrag and wait for it to complete.
2. Purchase Enterprise edition.

Long term option 2 is something that you will have to do - otherwise you will just be repeating the process again and again.

Did you look to see how much white space was in the database before you started the offline defrag? Event ID 1221 will tell you.

Simon.
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jimmy6154Author Commented:
Sembee thanks that was the perfect link. Showed me everything I needed to do. Much appriciated

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