problem with Virtual Server and Exchange 2003
Posted on 2009-02-24
I have a Virtual Host machine ( Server 2003) and it is running a virtual Exchange 2003 instance. Yesterday, I found that the log files ( e00.*) went back to July, when I first brought it up. We do not host our own mail, we simply use Exchange to use the sharing features of Outlook, and I route outgoing email out to a smart host. POP3 mail is delivered via a 3rd party POP connector. works like a charm.
However, When I spec'd the virtual server, I specified 100G of HD space to the virtual machine, and my virtual machine is sitting at 72 GB. I have been on the users to clean up thier mailboxes, which they have been doing, but I found last night that there was 40 GB or so in the log files ( e00*.*). I do not do any backups of exchange to this point, I have been simply bringing down the virtual guest, and backing up the virtual server files... this also worked like a charm. So last night I whacked all of the e00 files that were older than a month old, I have done a integrity check ( /g) and a defrag ( /d ) with eseutil, and my mdbdata folder is now 20G which is good....but my .vhd file is still saying 80 GB on the virtual host box....
How can I shrink that back down to a manageable size ?