I have been reading several articles here in the forums, and decided I'd better get some advice now before my concerns become a problem.
Here is the short story:
Basically, I have the pub and Pri DB files on a drive that only has about 2.55 gig space left. The file sizes are as follows:
Priv1.edb - 9.3 Gb.
Priv1.stm - 11.0 Gb.
Pub1.edb - 9.7 Gb.
Pub1.stm - 8,200 Kb.
I do have a couple users -mainly field office users that use OWA and say they "Need" their old emails for reference- that have rather large mailboxes (2 users: about 2 Gb and 4.5 Gb). Some internal users that use regular Outlook also have large boxes (10 users with a size between .3 and 1 Gb).
The remaining 30 or so users are all well under .3 Gb each.
I read the article about extending the DB size, but with only 2.5 Gb left, I'm not sure that is the right answer.
What are my alternatives (Other than "Pack My Desk").
My thoughts are:
1. send out a general email asking users to review and remove older emails and stuff that could save space.
2. Run some Exchange or third party utility to compress and save space.
3. Move the Public store to another drive (I have one on the system that has 12 Gb free).
4. Replace the drives in question with larger drives.
My problems with these options are:
1. Would this solution actually save physical space on the disk or would it just create empty pages that still take up the same space?
2. I would assume that if I did option # 1, I would also want to do this option. The Problem is, I'm not familiar with any of these tools, their usage, and the traps one might fall into if used.
3 & 4. Sounds scarry! Can you just move these DB files and or randomly replace drives with new disks and still have a functional Exchange server once finished.
There you have it! Call me nutts: tell me what you think!
Thanks in advance!