Exchange 2003 multiple defrag pass on public folder each night

Posted on 2006-04-07
Last Modified: 2011-09-20

I have noticed on our Exchange Server that I am getting multiple defragmentation passes (event 700 & 701, at least 3) on my public mail each night and that I don't seem there doesn't seem to be a defrag running on the private mail store.

As I recall this is a change in Exchange's behaviour (I have been cleaning out the logs as I have been having problems with the shadow copy services when running backups which seems to relate to log files sizes and needs SP1 applied to fix so only have a limited history), ironically this is why I noticed the change as I have been checking the logs each day before clearing them)

I am not getting any warning or error messages and the mail server is (so far) running OK.

It is Excahnge 2003 Standard, no service packs.

How worried should I be?
Question by:SNRequip
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    Accepted Solution

    Multiple passes is normal.
    Have you checked for the maintenance schedule on the mailbox store to ensure that it is configured to run - it hasn't been disabled or set to a manual state?
    You should see event ID 1221 in the event viewer after it has completed.


    Author Comment

    Hi Sembee,

    Hadn't realiseed that the 700 event referred to private as well as public store defrag events and as we are getting 3 public store defrag events to every one private I missed it in the logs.

    So, given that multiple passes are ok our exchange seems to be a happy puppy, for the moment at least...


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