Exchange mailbox database 6.5gb but edb file 10gb, increasing rapidly
Posted on 2006-07-19
I currently have Exchange 2003 setup on a server and all has been well for quite some time. Recently we moved premises and since then things seem to have started to go wrong.
We had to change our MX records for our emails which in turn stopped our IPAQ working as the OMA cert needed changing, I dont know if mentioning this will be of some use later.
I have monitoring software that alerts me to the size of both the priv1.ebd and priv1.stm database files. 3 days ago it reached 14gb combined so I quickly checked the mailboxes for each user. The total for all the mailboxes only came to around 8gb and I couldnt work out why the edb file was growing at such an alarming rate when the mailboxes wasnt.
I have now archived around 2gb of emails from various users mailboxes but the edb file still shows 10gb+. Reading a few articles told me to run a customised backup using system manager which writes an event and backs up the database. No events were logged and the database stayed the same.
So investigating further seems I have to do an offline defrag using eseutil which I will perform tonight.
My questions are:
1) Will this reduce the size of the edb file?
2) Why is the edb file a lot larger in size than the total of the mainboxes and public folders?
3) Why is the edb file growing at such an alarming rate