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offline defrag-  how to tell when its finished

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I ran an offline defrag on my private store today and according to my calculation it should be done at about 6pm EST. I was unable to stay in my office to monitor it and now that I am home I am trying to find a way to see the progress of the defragmenting. Is there a way I can monitor this without having the original Command Prompt open???
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by:kieran_b
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Why can't you get to the original command prompt?

Remote desktop has a /console command, and if that doesn't do it, you can remotely install VNC and connect to that.

Other than that the only way would be to look at the physical files - are they changing size?  Have they changed in the last hour?
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by:gomahoney
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I have never actually used the /console command for Remote desktop. please elaborate. I have checked the original files and they have not changed in size.
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by:gomahoney
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isnt there a event log that I can view?
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by:kieran_b
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start > run > mstsc /console

Then enter your details as normal.

As for an event log, I am not sure - to tell the truth I have only gone looking on errors, not successes...
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by:gomahoney
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tried it but got nothing. I am checking the EDB file and there has not been a change.
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by:kieran_b
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In how long?

How big is the file?
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wait wait wait,

Open up task manager, then look for eseutil.exe in processes!
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by:gomahoney
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Started it around 2pm the file is 38.6Gb checked it about 3 minutes ago
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by:gomahoney
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no eseutil running
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In the testing I did just now, eseutil.exe will show up if it is running.  If it were me - I would wait for another 20 minutes, make sure the database size hasn't changed, and if not, expect that it was completed successfully.
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by:gomahoney
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ok will do. is there any eevnt Id's I should look out for if it did not finish and got an error?
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store remounted ok even though there was no change in database size. thanks for the help
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