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Exchange 2003 database size is approaching the size limit

Went through and cleaned up about 10 gigs, by deleting delete items, etc. for users. The database size is still growing. Do I need to restart the server or do a cleanup at the exchange server?
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lifelineconnections
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
1.  How large is the database (you may need to just change a registry setting).
2.  The deleted items are not really deleted.  Deleted Item Retention keeps them on the server for (I believe by default) 30 days.  You'd have to purge those items first.  You can do so by reducing the deleted item retention time to 0.
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NetEngineerFoxCommented:
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Exchange database never shrink - they only grow.  Please have a read of the following and check Leew's good advice:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/Exchange-Offline-Defrag.html 
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lifelineconnectionsAuthor Commented:
About 35 gig. How do you change the purge setting?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Unless you're running low on disk space, just increase the size of the information store - with Exchange 2003, you can go up to 75 GB with a simply registry change and a reboot.

http://www.petri.co.il/change_store_size_limits_ex2003_sp2.htm
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lifelineconnectionsAuthor Commented:
Looking for a quick fix without having to reboot. Normally reboots occur on weekends 24/7 company. Have not rebooted 6 months.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Wow... that's BAD.  How often do you apply security patches?

(You may not need to reboot - a restart of the information store may be sufficient - and it may be necessary to do likewise for the deleted item retention settings).
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/exchange2003/exchange2003_recovery_deleted_item.htm

Keep in mind, doing this will mean that accidentally deleted e-mails will be UNRECOVERABLE except via traditional backups.
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