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I currently have a network with an Exchange Server 2003 Enterprise Edition install, and the message store is approximately 60GBs large.  As such, I  am concerned about overall stability, etc.  I have taken general management states to reduce the store size [eg: having users delete items, offline defrag, etc.].  What is the next recommended remedial step? -install a second server, setup another message store.?

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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installing a second ex server would probably be the best option if it is in your budget and move over some of the mailboxes to the new server -its fairly straight forward -outlook will automatically pick up the new server
if you have public folders they take longer to move than mailboxes
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As you are on Enterprise edition the first thing I would be doing is maxing out the storage groups and mailbox stores.
You have can have four storage groups with four mailbox stores in each, giving you a max of 16 mailbox stores.
That will improve things from a size of the databases point of view and doesn't involve any expense.

The major problem when you move away from a single server deployment is OWA. I usually recommend that when you are looking at a second server you should budget for the purchase of a third server - standard edition to use as a frontend server. Otherwise you have to expose both backend servers to the internet for OWA support.

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