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Posted on 2008-06-18
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I had a user with a 30GB Mailbox.  My priv1.edb was 55GB.  I deleted the AD account for the user and then Purged the mailbox.  It had a red X next to the mailbox name in System Manager.

Then I stopped all Exchange services and ran:

C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA>..\bin\eseutil /d priv1.edb

It ran most of the night.  However when it was done the priv1.edb was still 55GB.

How can I shrink the size of the priv1.edb?

Thanks,
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rakeshmiglani earned 250 total points
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it does not work that way.
after the mailbox has a red x, you also need to right click on it and then purge it
after that the online maintenance runs and marks the space as white space
once that has been done, you can run an offline defrag using the above command to defrag the DB and get the disk space back.
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If you have Deleted Mailbox Retention on - that will also slow things down.

Set deleted mailbox retention to zero, wait till the next day, check for event 1221 in the event logs before you run ESEUtil and you will see if it is worthwhile
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I found that I had to go in and DISMOUNT the database stores first, then I could run the command ""c:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA>..\bin\eseutil /d priv1.edb"".

I also had to put "quotes" around spaces if I had Mail Store 2.edb for "Mail Store 2.edb" for it to run.
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