Problems with Exchange and Mailbox Management
Posted on 2008-06-19
I recently had a problem where my exchange DB had grown pretty large. I had removed a significant amount of old mailboxes so I decided to perform an offline defrag. Once completed I found the db had literally been cut in half. I did a few diagnostics and found it worked 100% and had not caused data loss. So I wanted to make sure the DB was set to automatically defrag while online and the mailbox management would run to delete the users deleted items. I confirmed the online defrag wasn't running because it wasn't reporting my backups were complete even though they were. So I reinstalled Backup Exec, and now my backups are reported correctly and the online defrags are running.
So I have a few problems with mailbox management which just boggle my mind. So if I delete a mailbox it will automatically be purged after 24 hours, which I assume is waiting for a full backup to complete? So my settings below (set by an admin prior to my time) are set to keep mailboxes indefinitely so how are they automatically being purged?
Lastly I want to turn on automatically delete user's deleted items after 30 days so I want to confirm this is the same place I need to setup and adjust the value for doing this.
I posted the settings I currently have in place.
Exchange System Manager>Servers>Server Name>First Storage Group>Mailbox Store right click, properties>Limits tab.
Keep deleted items for (days) 0
Keep deleted mailboxes for (days) 0
(Is checked) Do not permanently delete mailboxes and items until the store has been backed up.
The server is running SBS 2003. So if I need to adjust or set any of these values through the SBS console please advise, as I would normally do this through Exchange system manager. I looked through the SBS console and it didn't have anything to offer me regarding this. Thanks in advance.