How to reduce a huge .stm file?
Posted on 2008-10-02
I'm running Exchange 2003 Standard. Priv.edb is about 32GB. Priv.stm 'was' probably a gig or so, maybe a bit more or less but definately small. Over the weekend, one of our applications went mad and decided to send millions of emails. Now my .stm file is 37GB!! So I'd like to reduce it.
So far I've tried to move the mailbox (which shows as 32GB in ESM) to a backup exchange server. The move ran for 46 hours before it failed coz the other server ran out of disk space when that priv.edb got to about 46GB (bigger than the 37GB stm file). One thing I noitced in the 'move mailbox' wizard is that it would count up to approx 64,000 items then go back and start counting from zero again. I was hoping it was moving 64,000 emails at a time but now I think it may have been trying to move the first 64,000 emails over and over again.
I've also tried to open the mailbox in Outlook but so far that's been hanging for 24 hours.
Does anyone have any ideas of anything else I can try?
oh, I also tried to exmerge the emails out but that stopped (and hung) after half a gig.