Exchange 2003 - disable background cleanup

Posted on 2006-04-22
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I have an Exchange 2003 environment.  It has some "issues" and we are hastily migrating to new machines.  However, I need to keep the current setup running just a little longer.  The mail stores seem to be having an issue coming offline at various times and I see errors relating to the background cleanup.  I'd like to completely disable that for the time being.  I have set the schedule on the database tab of each database to custom and then whited out all available so it never occurs.  Is there anything else I need to do to disable the background cleanup?
Question by:mrsmileyns
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    There is also a mailbox management and reporting process that you can configure on the Properties of the server, tab Mailbox Management. It's disabled by default.

    No other cleanup tasks I know of.

    Author Comment

    yes - that was already disabled...or not in use so to speak
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    Expert Comment

    The ESEUtil, which is used for online defragmentation is driven by the mailbox maintenance settings for the public and private store. If you disable the scheduler, the tool will never run.

    You can run this tool offline in diagnostic only mode to see, if there are problems with the store. But be carefully with that tool as it is also used as emergency repair tool which can destroy data, if handled wrong.

    The tool is within the BIN folder of exchange and you can see the options with eseutil /?
    Store must be dismounted
    eseutil /g is for integrity check
    Never run any other option of the tool without having copies of the stores!!

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    Expert Comment

    Can you post info on the specific events in the Event Viewer when the problem occurs?
    Assuming you have a mailbox store and a public store, are both affected or only one?
    Do the online IS backups complete successfully and are the logfiles purged?

    Building a new Exchange Server is great and a lot of fun, but if there's a consistency problem with the stores then that can cause a lot of trouble down the line (like, the store going down while moving mailboxes).

    Author Comment

    backups are completing OK and logs are being flushed - my coworker is going to work with M$ to ensure the migration goes OK - the company allowed us to purchase support - thanks
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    Expert Comment

    Great, have a good one.

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