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Hi,
Our 400gb Public Folder Database has completely filled the drive it is on, and it has 100gb of white space in.
I kicked off an offline defrag with this syntax -
E:\EXCHSRVR\MDBDATA>"C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\bin\eseutil" /d /p pub1.edb /tX:\tempdefrag.edb
and it started ok, and has been running now for 8 hours OK.

The problem I have is that while the temp file specified, X:\tempdefrag.edb, file is growing OK, there is also another temp file, 'TEMP1616.edb' that is growing in the original ebd location folder, ie e:\EXCHSRVR\MDBDATA\TEMP1616.edb' .
It is now at 400Mb, and E:\ only has another 100mb free.

Is this other temp file going to be present wherever I run the command from, or does it default to the DB location?
And if so, how can I safely stop a esetutil so I can restart it?
Thanks!
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Also, if I can possibly add another part to this, the server that is having the defrag performed if the one that the users connect to. There is another server, which has all replicas on it, is there a way I can get the users to fallover to this one?
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by:Rajith Enchiparambil
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If the exchange server is clustered, you can fail over the services to the other server. Otherwise, there is nothing to fail over to.

Offline defrag needs the stores to be dismounted and hence users won't be able to access pfs while you do this.

Check http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/exchange2003/exchange2003_eseutil.htm#Eseutil%20/d%20to%20defrag%20the%20.edb%20database for all switch info.
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by:Rajith Enchiparambil
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Offline defragmentation of 400gb database will take 400 hours atleast, keep the calculation like that.

Don't stop running the defrag if you don't have a proper backup.
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FYI, I have stopped and restarted the eseutil, running the command -

X:\>"C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\bin\eseutil" /d /p E:\EXCHSRVR\MDBDATA\pub1.edb /tX:\tempdefrag.edb

and both temp files are now on the X: drive.

I would still like some info as to how the outlook clients can connect to the 2nd PF server while this one is offline.
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Also, it is clustered, but it obviously cannot failover as the disk that the DB is on is full, hence the spot I am in :-)

I am getting about 10-12Gb per hour at the moment, so I am hoping it will be done in 48hours.
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by:Rajith Enchiparambil
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Are you replicating the public and system folders to both servers? It doesn't set it automatically when a second server is implemented, you have to add the replicas to the list.

Outlook only uses the public folders on the same server as the mailbox, which is why you have problems. It should look at other servers for public folders but that usually doesn't happen correctly.
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can you expand on tha please Rajith?
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by:Rajith Enchiparambil
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If you first server that has public folders goes offline, any mailbox users on that server SHOULD go and find the second pf server you have, but practically that rarely works. OWA access will be fine though, as the operation there is different to a mapi connection.

You need to have replication set between your pf servers. It doesn't set it automatically when a second server is implemented, you have to add the replicas to the list.
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all my mailboxes are on another server, and all pubic folders are set to have replicas on both the PF servers.

I can still get to the 2nd PF through OWA, thanks for that!

So it's more of a design flaw that the outlook clients don't automaticaly go to the 2nd PF?
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by:Rajith Enchiparambil
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If you are taking one of the PF servers offline, make sure you update all mailbox database in ESM with the second public folder store.

I should say that it is designed poorly - the fact that finding pfs from another server in outlook doesn't work correctly all the time.
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Sorry, I am not sure about this bit -
"If you are taking one of the PF servers offline, make sure you update all mailbox database in ESM with the second public folder store. "

My PFs are on PFserver01, and my mailboxes are on MXServer01, what do I need to do to "update mailbox database in ESM with the second public folder store." ?

Thanks for your time!
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ah, I am with you!
Sorry, was greyed out as set by policy!
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That needs to be changed, as otherwise, there is no way Outlook would even try to find the second pf.
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Great. Thanks very much for all your help mate, points heading your way :-)
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Thanks!
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Why is this a B? You really need to read the ratings info in this site? Which part of my post did you not understand clearly?

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/New_to_EE/Q_23295652.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+10+answer+rate
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