Does anyone know (for sure) if it is OK to defragment an Exchange 2003 database *.EDB & *.STM files using the O/S's Disk Deframenter (DEFRAG.EXE) if:
1) I stop the Exchange Information Store service (or for that matter any other conflicting Exchange service)
2) I am not interested in reclaiming the whitespace in the DB
3) I am not worried about the DB pages being internally "optimized"
I know for sure I've upgraded disk volumes containing Exchange DBs used disk cloning tools when booted outside the O/S. I have also copied offline DBs from one disk to another while the O/S was up (and the target DB unmounted of course) for example, after running ESEUtil /D /T /P and not instating the new/temporary/defragmented copy of the DB. I've even been able to mount an instance of a DB that was copy/pasted to the same disk volume and then moved around.
The last two scenarios especially lead me to believe that it is possilbe to use Disk Defragmenter to defragment Exchange 2003 database files.