Go Premium for a chance to win a PS4. Enter to Win


How to reduce a huge .stm file?

Posted on 2008-10-02
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Hi Experts,

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.
Question by:Darylx
LVL 25

Expert Comment

ID: 22622179
Which mailbox is it?  Can you just delete the contents?
LVL 10

Author Comment

ID: 22622211
I was wondering if I could just delete the mailbox and recreate another one.  I thought about deleting the actual contents which is why I've tried to open the mailbox with outlook, but that's just been hanging for 24 hours now.
If I delete the mailbox, would that get rid of the emails (or the bodies of the emails) that are stuck in the stm file?
LVL 42

Assisted Solution

by:Paul Solovyovsky
Paul Solovyovsky earned 400 total points
ID: 22622216
1.  Make sure you're running SP2 of Exchange and your mail store is set to a larger mail store size than default which is 16GB in SP1 and 18GB in SP2.  This is only if you're trying to move it.  

I would delete mailbox and restore from backup the day before if possible, this will get you to a state without the large mailbox and to where you were before this occured
Has Powershell sent you back into the Stone Age?

If managing Active Directory using Windows Powershell® is making you feel like you stepped back in time, you are not alone.  For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why.

LVL 25

Accepted Solution

kieran_b earned 1200 total points
ID: 22622251
>>If I delete the mailbox, would that get rid of the emails (or the bodies of the emails) that are stuck in the stm file?

Yes, it would.

However, the database will not shrink until you defrag it or move all the users to a new database and delete it.
LVL 23

Assisted Solution

by:Justin Durrant
Justin Durrant earned 400 total points
ID: 22623360
You could also create a new store and move the users from the old stores into the new ones. This will commit anything in the STM file and also defrag the database.
LVL 10

Author Comment

ID: 22709432
Thanks guys.  I deleted the mailbox and ran an offilne defrag.

The edb file is now down to 25GB from 37GB.
The stm file is now down to 2.5GB from 38GB.
That's reduced it all by 47.5GB, amazing :-)

Featured Post


Modern healthcare requires a modern cloud. View this brief video to understand how the Concerto Cloud for Healthcare can help your organization.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This month, Experts Exchange sat down with resident SQL expert, Jim Horn, for an in-depth look into the makings of a successful career in SQL.
With so many activities to perform, Exchange administrators are always busy in organizations. If everything, including Exchange Servers, Outlook clients, and Office 365 accounts work without any issues, they can sit and relax. But unfortunately, it…
In this Micro Video tutorial you will learn the basics about Database Availability Groups and How to configure one using a live Exchange Server Environment. The video tutorial explains the basics of the Exchange server Database Availability grou…
The video tutorial explains the basics of the Exchange server Database Availability groups. The components of this video include: 1. Automatic Failover 2. Failover Clustering 3. Active Manager
Suggested Courses

824 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question