Why does my Exchange database keeps on growing?
Posted on 2007-10-13
I'm having a weird problem with MS Exchange 2003 SP2 running on Windows SBS 2003 SP2.
The scenario is this. I migrated a SBS from an old server into a new server along with Exchange (at this time no exchange service pack was installed on any server), using the Exchange migration wizard to copy the mailboxes to the new server and everything went fine. After a few days the exchange stopped to work because the database reached the 16GB limit, I did a defrag on the database and was only any to gain 2MB. So I decided to install SP2 for exchange to take advantage of the new 75GB limit.
After doing my backups I installed the SP2 without any incidents. Rebooted the server an everything was looking fine. Only a few days later I noticed something strange on the database, it was growing reaching a size of 80GB, decided to wait until the next day and see what happened. Well the database kept on growing and its now reaching a size of 105GB.
Today I unmounted the database and started a defrag to see if the database shrinks to a more acceptable size, but it seems that I won't be able to do that; the process has completed 20% and the temp database is already with a 20GB size.
Does any one have one idea why the database is growing without any limits?