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How to purge mail boxes and gain disk space IMMEDIATELY in exchange 2003??

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I need a quick answer on this one!

How can i purge a mailbox and get some immediate gains in disk space on our exchange partition?

I set the deleted mail and mailbox retention to 0, but still no dice.

This drive only has 30 megs left!  once it hits 10 megs, I believe i'm screwed, as there is nothing else on this drive I can compress, please help

dont criticize me or ask for other details at the moment, just tell me how i can purge specific mail boxes and get more ROOM NOW!  thank you!!
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Check your application log for event id 1221 on your Exchange server this will show you how mych space may be re-claimed from the database. Also check how many transaction log files are on the drive? How long has it been since you completed a backup of the databases? If you have a large number of logs then running an Exchange aware backup (NT backup will do it) will commit the logs to the database and then purge the logs. Each log file is 5MB and you would be suprised how many you can have if you don't have a daily backup running. If you don't have a known good backup be carefull.

If you have a large amount of white space in event 1221 then you can run a defrag of the database using eseutil. This will require access to a share from the server that has enough disk space to hold a copy of the database.

See http://support.microsoft.com/?id=328804

http://www.petri.co.il/defragment_exchange_2000_2003_server_databases.htm
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yeah i have a TON of log files.... i guess I can't defrag until that's taken care of... thanks... performing a backup now
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Yep. I'd run a known good backup first before thinking about a defrag as the defrag will require an outage. It can take hours depending on the size of the databases. Another thing to note is that MS states that an off-line defrag is not required for Exchange 2000/2003. I tend to agree unless you have deleted a large number of large mailboxes from the system its not really useful. The on-line defrag does a pretty good job of clearing the white space.
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