Need to run Exchange server 2000 offline defrag but disk space is too low.

Posted on 2007-07-29
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
I am running 2000 SBS and the exchange 2000 mail database has expanded past the 16 GB limit.  I increased it to 17 GB via registry changes, and that helped.  I have had the users delete gigs of mail, but of course this won't actually help until I defreg the store.
So, I need to do an off-line defrag, but do not have enough Free drive space.

Can I send the re-written copy to NAS (like my Snapserver) and then copy it back to the 2000 Server?
I read somewhere thet you can copy the store to another server and run the defrag from there. Is this true?

What would be the best solution to this problem?
Question by:AdminAssociates
    LVL 23

    Accepted Solution

    You can mount a removable USB 2.0 hard drive and use that as temporary space for ESEUTIL to perform the defragmentation.,289483,sid43_gci1089442,00.html
    LVL 104

    Assisted Solution

    Note that is must be a USB 2.0 drive and a USB 2.0 interface to work.
    That may mean you have to install a USB card to get a 2.0 interface.
    Do you have another machine with a large hard disk available? You can run the offline defrag elsewhere.
    However before you run the offline defrag, check for event ID 1221 overnight to see how much space you will gain.

    I warn you now though. In my experience once a company hits the limit they will keep hitting the limit. You need to plan a migration to Exchange 2003 SP2 (possibly as part of an upgrade to SBS 2003) so that you get the higher limit of 75gb if you don't want to have to do this a frequent intervals.


    Featured Post

    Want to promote your upcoming event?

    Are you going to an event? Are you going to be exhibiting at a tradeshow? Talking at a conference? Using a promotional banner in your email signature ensures that your organization’s most important contacts stay in the know and can potentially spread the word about the event.

    Join & Write a Comment

    Email statistics and Mailbox database quotas You might have an interest in attaining information such as mailbox details, mailbox statistics and mailbox database details from Exchange server. At that point, knowing how to retrieve this information …
    Set up iPhone and iPad email signatures to always send in high-quality HTML with this step-by step guide.
    In this video we show how to create a Resource Mailbox in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.: Navigate to the Recipients >> Resources tab.: "Recipients" is our default selection …
    The basic steps you have just learned will be implemented in this video. The basic steps are shown to configure an Exchange DAG in a live working Exchange Server Environment and manage the same (Exchange Server 2010 Software is used in a Windows Ser…

    729 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    23 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now