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.dbf has taken over 15 gb of harddisk

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HI

I have strange issue.

.dbf files in exchange server has consumed over 15 gb of harddisk overnite

Yestreday it was 2gb andnow it says 15 gb.

What should i do ...to fix it ...


exchange server 2003


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Manik
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by:rakeshmiglani
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which folder are they in?
any other application running on the exchange server?
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by:rmallach
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Hi

i am sorry its not .dbf files, it is .edb files

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by:rmallach
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now my pop exchange server is also not working. outgoing and incoming are all stopped

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Manik
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by:rmallach
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The emails are woking now but the .edb files problem is still there

.edb files have taken over 18gb (full space)

I tried to move the files to copy the files in d drive but that didnot help, it still shows the same size 18 gb,

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by:Sembee
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You don't just move the Exchange databases, you have to follow the correct procedure. Those files are the Exchange data.

This is the procedure for moving the databases:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=821915

As for the rapid growth it sounds like you may have an email loop somewhere.

Simon.
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by:rmallach
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HI

Thanks for your email.

i will follow the steps.

What do you mean by email loop ?

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by:Sembee
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An email is sent to you, it is rejected or forwarded for some reason, sent back to the sender, who forwards it back and so on.

Often done when you allow automatic forwarding on rules and a clueless user sets up an automatic forward on their business account to forward to Hotmail or whatever and then either sets up a rule on Hotmail to send back or Hotmail rejects the message because the mailbox is full. The reject goes back to the sender, which is the corporate account, which forwards the reject to Hotmail, and round and round it goes.

Simon.
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by:rmallach
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HI

This is the procedure for moving the databases:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=821915

this link gives information on how to move transction log and not .edb files

However the concern is not just moving the edb files rather stop it from taking so much space.


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by:Sembee
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It covers both the databases and the logs.

Exchange uses as much space as required. If you are on SBS or Standard edition with SP2 then you can restrict it with a registry entry, but that will not stop the underlying problem of the growth.

2gb to 15gb overnight is not normal, so there is something wrong somewhere.

Simon.
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by:rmallach
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What could be wrong?

Any ideas! this has not happend before


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by:Sembee
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Do you allow your users to forward email using rules in Outlook?
That is the first place I would look.

Do you have message tracking enabled? That may show you where the email loop is.
Have you looked at your list of mailboxes in ESM to see if one of them has grown suddenly?

Simon.
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by:rmallach
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I have solved it ..

I have set the limit fo the mailbox storage

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/828070


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