Space issues during Exchange 2003 offline degrag

Posted on 2009-12-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
While running the offline defrag using the ESEUTIL utility, it creates a new DB. However, if you don't have sufficient space to hold the new one and where the existing one resides, how do you set it where it creates the new DB on a different drive? Is there a command to point the new DB to a portable mapped drive? What are the gotchas, if any? Thanks.

Question by:fdrjohnson
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    Accepted Solution

    It is very easy and there are no ramifications from doing it.

    Here is the command:

    eseutil /d  <database path> /t<temp drive letter>:\temp.edb

    Ex: : eseutil /d  "c:/program files/exchsrvr/bin/priv1.edb" /tD:\temp.edb

    There is no space between the /t and the drive letter.
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    Expert Comment

    Make sure that you also add the "/p" switch to the end of the command to preserve the old files. Otherwise, eseutil will automatically copy back the new file and overwrite your existing database files. Never a good thing, as you want to ensure the defrag happened normally. You'll need to have the space to save the old files as well.

    Author Comment

    Thanks everyone for your assistance. Much appreciated.

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