Exchange 2003 Public Folder 24gb Outlook Search Slow Hangs Server/Free/Busy
Posted on 2009-12-19
We have a huge Public Folders which total 24gb. When we search on any of the workstations, Outlook will hang/freeze with "Server request" "Free/busy" errors. I'm suspecting the database is so big now even searching is becoming a resource hog. Note the search errors even happens with searching Public Folder contacts and calendars.
But before we start archiving the Public Folders using 3rd party tools (Outlook export tool some times freezes/crashes). Is there a way/tool to do a recursive search by date so that we can delete the items? A tool that does not rely on Outlook and prefably server based?
We have folders that contains hundreds of sub folders. So manually going through them one by one and deleting the items is just too time consuming. Note that search function no longer works so we have to navigate folders manually until the search problem is fixed.
We have previously ran eseutil and it brought the size from 28gb to 24gb. A defrag was run.