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Exchange server database is about to exceed its 75gb limit and keeps restarting. What to do?

My Exchange server 2003 (standard edition) database is about to exceed its 75gb limit and keeps restarting. What do I do? Should just have everyone start auto archiving their mail to reduce the database size?
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willk400Commented:
Is the 75gb just the information store or are translaction logs also using up that 75gb? If it is just the information store I would reccomned having your users save mail to a pst and maybe implement storage limits on mailboxes
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
SBS 2003 has a 75Gb limit but it is not a physical limit - it is a virtual limit.  The size of the database can be calculated by the Size of the .EDB file, plus the size of the .STM file, minus the Free Space (or white space) which is held within the file and makes up deleted items that have passed their retention period.
If you upgrade to Exchange 2007 or SBS 2008, then this limit does go away.
If you hit the 75Gb virtual limit - the store will dismount daily.
Check your Application event log for 1221 messages as this will show you the amount of Free Space in your Exchange store.  You may well have plenty of time left before you hit the virtual 75Gb limit, but getting people to archive mail will help, although don't expect to see the size of the file decrease as you will just increase the white space inside the file unless you run a defragmentation.
Please have a read of the following:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/Exchange-Offline-Defrag.html 
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Glen KnightCommented:
The easiest way to resolve this is to set the deleted items retention to 0 on the properties of the information store.
Also set the maintenance schedule to run every 15 minutes (in the same place)

Then restart the Microsoft Exchange System Attendent Service

Once you have done that, delete unused mailboxes, archive if possible and then wait for about an hour.  Check for event 1221 in the Application event log this will tell you how much free space there is in the database.

Have a read of my article here as well: http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/Exchange-Offline-Defrag.html

If you find the article useful then please vote for it :)

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Glen KnightCommented:
DOH! :)
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Get back to your articles!
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Glen KnightCommented:
This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program.  See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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