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is it safe to run chkdsk on an exchange 2003 server running on a windows 2003 OS

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I'm getting some errors when backing up the mail server, event 481, 1022 as well as the one below shows up in the event viewer.

As such is it safe to run chkdsk on an exchange 2003 server running on a windows 2003 OS ?


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Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      ESE
Event Category:      Logging/Recovery
Event ID:      222
Date:            10/14/2008
Description:
Information Store (3440) First Storage Group: Ending the backup of the file D:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\mdbdata\priv1.stm. Not all data in the file has been read (read 694681600 bytes out of 2759860224 bytes).

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by:cristides
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Hi,
you must to run chkdsk  /X then to reboot the server, or to boot with windows boot cd then to run chkdsk.
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by:Exchange_Geek
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NEVER run checkdisk on your Exchange box without guaranteeing a good backup in hand.

Please take this as a warning.
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by:aissim
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agree with the Geek.....it's not taboo to run it against an exchange server; but it'd be a huge mistake if you don't have a solid backup first.
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by:Christian_Agard
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ok the system is not backuping up though, are there any other options i can try?
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by:Exchange_Geek
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Take offline copies of your database if online backup is failing.
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by:gupnit
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Hi,
CHKDSK on any Server which has a Jet Database is slightly risky and Exchange is no exception. So avoid that !(Hail Exchange_Geek)
Now coming to your issue, gentleman this error is  mainly due to Database Corruptions....Use the command IsInteg -s yourservername -fix -test alltests
Once that is over, throw out the outputs. Reboot the Server. Make sure no other Third Party App is on....Start again !!!
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Nitin
 
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by:gupnit
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Still you feel, then go ahead and use CHKDSK, I am sure it should be ok ... no major issues, coz if you have any disk issues, then CHKDSK got to be run.
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Nitin, that was a good step given - isinteg is a good tool to remove Jet database logical corruption. However, please take it a thumb rule before running chkdisk always have a backup in hand (online or offline).

If you still have doubts over anything related to the action plan proposed, please feel free to post.
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by:gupnit
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Tushar, Agreed -  thats why ISIINTEG comes first to clear corruption, becasue there is no use taking backup of a corrupt DB :-) !
Cheers
Nitin
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by:Exchange_Geek
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lol yeah thats for our friend to decide - we can only offer suggestions - he is the end user to decide and work since it is a production environment - a backup is never a bad idea ever.

However, Mr Christian - please do inform us about your decision and how did the action plans proposed help you.

Regards.
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by:Christian_Agard
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Running the SIINTEG  now then chkdsk, will let you know the outcome

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by:gupnit
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It will be fine gentleman :-) !
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by:Exchange_Geek
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would await your response
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by:Christian_Agard
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ok, I ran isinteg and it completed sucessfully.
I ran chkdsk and it completed sucessfully, it found 8 bad sectors and fix it.

I restarted the exchange server and everything loaded up ok, and clients can connect ok to send and receive email, HOWEVER

It is still unable to backup, I am getting the follwing error
Event ID:      478
Date:            10/18/2008
Time:            11:34:38 AM
User:            N/A
Computer:      servername
Description:
Information Store (3228) The streaming page read from the file "D:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\mdbdata\priv1.stm" at offset 694689792 (0x0000000029682000) for 4096 (0x00001000) bytes failed verification due to a page checksum mismatch.  The expected checksum was 3484008644 (0x00000000cfa9c0c4) and the actual checksum was 2309737967 (0x0000000089abcdef).  The read operation will fail with error -613 (0xfffffd9b).  If this condition persists then please restore the database from a previous backup

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by:gupnit
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Hi,
Well Well....follow one of these steps....http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318429
Thanks
Nitin
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