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Offline defrag exchange 2003

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I want to do a offline defrag of the exchange server 2003 on SBS 2003. do i run this from the command prompt: eseutil /d D:\program files\exchsrvr\mdbdata\priv1.edb  ?
D: drive is where the priv1.edb is located
What do i do after this?
I need to dismount the store first > then remount
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That is right, and yes you need to dismount first

The question is, why do you think you need to offline defrag?
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the exchange store is 24gig and growing fast for a very small office.
do i do anything after running the:  eseutil /d D:\program files\exchsrvr\mdbdata\priv1.edb  ?
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If you are running exchange with SP2, then any "white space" is not counted against the total database size, which can be extended to 75Gb of "real data"

Please refer to the link I gave earlier as to details of the process.
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There is no point doing an offline defrage if it is "growing fast" it will simply start chewing space again.

Fix the underlying cause, don't blindly treat the symptoms.
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it says to run eseutil /p "D:\program files\exchsrvr\mdbdata\priv1.edb
 Run ESEUTIL with the /p switch to configure ESEUTIL to create the new defragmented database on an alternate location
is this only if i want the database in another location?
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No - its so you if it goes wrong the original is not affected.

kieran_b has a good point - if the database is rapidly expanding then you really do need to address the cause.
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it is not rapidly growing, but needs to be addressed
just making sure i do this right the first time
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offline defrag does not provide a lot of free space after?
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If the file has a lot of "white space" then it will compact the file and remove it.
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so i run the p switch after remount?
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I can tell you right now, you don't need to do a defrag.

If it is growing at all, even slowly, you have no whitespace left - meaning there is nothing for the defrag to clear.

If you want to stop your mail databases growing, be mindful of what is being saved in there and implement some kind of archiving solution.  That said, for 24GB, who cares?
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*sigh*

Run the defrag and then post back in 2 days when it is finished and you are confused as to why it only shrank by 100MB
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I am sure your right, I do have GFI mailachiever, getting people use this is challening...but it will happen
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