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Running SP1 with MDBDATA Folder size of 27.3GB

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Greetings,
I've taken over a MS 2003 SBS running Exchange 2003 SP1. Exhange is the version that comes with the SBS Server.The "Exchsrvr" Folder containing the MDBDATA Folder with Priv1.edb & Priv1.stm files have been relocated to a separate "D" Partition (not sure if that's important).  Exhange Email is currrently working without any problems. My confusion is with the fact that the Priv1.edb & Priv1.stm files combined = 27.3GB's (.edb=13.6GB, .stm=13.7GB) which appear to be well over the 16GB limitation SP1 allows for.
Do I need to upgrade to SP2 to avoid any problems?

Any insight would be appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
John B
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by:markusdamenous
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Strange, I also was under the understanding that you needed SP2 to be able to configure mailbox store limits.  With SP2 installed, it defaults to 18Gb instead of 16gb, but you can then expand up to 75Gb.

To check the Exchange SP level,

Open Exchange System Manager (ESM)
Expand the "Servers" container
Right click on your server, and choose Properties
On that tab, it has Version.  Please paste in here exactly what that says,
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Your Database may even blow over 75Gb and would not get dismounted - the only time Exchange wont allow you to mount stores (because of size restriction) is the time when online maintenance calculates the size of DB and the default size "allowed" by Exchange to function.

I have worked with DB size of over 50GB with E2k3 SP1 so, this is no BUG - Enjoy the party until Online Maintenance doesn't over take you.
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by:zzingalala
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You should install SP2 before you run in to a problem.
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by:Exchange_Geek
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Yep, and as i said if you want to stick to SP1 keep praying hard - thats all you can do.
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by:jbaretta
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Here is the Open Exchange System Manager info that markusdamenous suggested I post:

VERSION 6.5 (Build 7638.2: Service Pack 2)

Hmmm....Exchange is Service Pack 2 but the MS SBS 2003 is SP1.

Does this mean the party will last (until 75 GB's)  and I can skip a few Sundays of church?

John B

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This is the result I was expecting.  You ARE using Exchange 2003 SP2.  The version that SBS 2003 is on, does not directly relate to the Exchange SP level!!

You can leave it in this configuration, without any issues.  There is though, SP2 for Windows Server 2003.  This can be applied to SBS 2003.  With upgrading from SBS 2003 no service pack, to SBS 2003 SP1 there was a whole list of things that had to be done.  It is much simpler with SP2.

Basically, do some reading on EE and google to see that you are happy to install SP2.  Some people have had issues with networking after installing it, to do with some changes that it makes to the TCP stack......
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by:jbaretta
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Thanks markusdamenous and Exhange Geek,
I fully understand what I'm looking at and what to expect going forward due to your excellent insight and explainations.
Thanks for the extra input on SBS 2003 SP2 markusdamenous.
I appreciate the time and expertise you both gave towards this issue.

Thank you,
John B
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