Exchange 2003 - 'whitespace' - availability for re-use
Posted on 2006-03-31
The pr1v1.edb physical size has continuosly grown on our exch 2003 server box - inspite of users being harassed to delete un-neccesary emails, which I know they have been doing.
So, it appears that the space created by message/mailbox deletions has not been re-used.
The Online defrag has not been running on priv1.edb ( although it has on other mailstores) - and suspect this is because the back-up exec exchange agent is doing its backup thing at about the the same time.
So,my question/s are -
a/ would the 'whitespace' created by the mailbox & message deletions not have been available for use by subsequent message storage because the online defrag has not been running ? and
b/ If we do get an online defrag to run will the whitespace become available for use ?
c/ Assuming the online defrag does not complete on its first night for whatever reason, will the porportional amoutn of space it did defrag be available for use? ( accept that I won't knwo what this is until the defrag does, eventually finish)
d/ How can I ' force' and online defrag ? Have looked but cannot see this option anywhere obvious.