Help clean up messy Exchange 2000 IS

So, I had a customer actually max out the size of their Exchange 2000 database last week.  (Went over 16GB).  I was able to get in and mount the store so that we could delete a bunch of stuff.  And now it's down under 10GB.  But I'm looking for some advice as to what I should do now in terms of maintenance on the information store.  In particular when I look in the MDBDATA directory I still see a combined size of about 16GB for the priv.edb and priv.stm combined.  Plus I have a bunch of .ifs files that I was told would go away when I restarted the Information store.   They haven't.

Can anyone suggest a regimen of what I should do to finish cleaning this thing up?  Would I want to do an offline defrag?  If so what's the best way?  Is there anything else I should be doing to this thing?  I'd like not to have the information store taking up 16GB if it really doesn't need to.

Thanks,

Ben
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robjeevesCommented:
G'day Ben

Do an offline defrag to shrink the database (shrink as in reduce the size of DB by removing the white space) Follow these instructions to perform the defrag

http://www.petri.co.il/defragment_exchange_2000_2003_server_databases.htm

That should reduce the size for you assuming you have white space that can be reclaimed. Remeber that if there is 10 gig of data inside the 16 gig database it will just grow within the 16 as it gets larger.  To see if it's worth performing an  offline defragging to tidy up look for event 1221 in App log and it will tell you the size that can be reclaimed.  Perform a FULL backup of the IS before you do this step :)

A couple of link re size of databases and managing them

http://searchexchange.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid43_gci1239468,00.html
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;319583

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Rob



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cns13Author Commented:
Thanks Rob,

That definitely helped shrink the size of the database.  And they seem to be up and stable now.  I still have those .ifs files.  But I guess over time I'll learn to ignore them.

Ben
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