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How to temporarily deal with an SBS 2003 Oversized Information Store

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One of my clients is currently running an SBS 2003 server and the information store has grown to 75gb.  We have been trying to sell them an upgrade to a higher version of Exchange for several months but they are not moving quickly enough.  We have had them go through and delete emails and ran an offline defrag, which bought us some time but it is now full again.  Now, two or three times a week we have to remount the information store in order for Exchange to be usable.  Does anyone know if there is a point at which the database will no longer mount at all, or if it will begin dismounting more often than just once a day at 5 am?
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Glen Knight earned 250 total points
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The 75gb limit is a soft limit so it will be disjointed when te maintenance schedule runs (once a day by default)

There isn't anything else other than what you have already done that is going to help.

Take a look at my article here for some further guidance: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/A_2730-Exchange-Offline-Defrag.html

If you find the article useful please vote for it :)
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Exmerge data out of mailboxes and reduce the size.
remove items from dumpster ?
Reduce deleted items retention period.

all these are temp. solutions.
Move them out to SBS 2008

check whitespace from demazter's article.
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Thanks, thats exactly what I needed to know!  If anyone else faces this issue, I have saved myself from having to get up at 5 AM every morning by using the VBS scripts referenced on this posting:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/Q_21931944.html
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@ Life of an exchange admin - 5 AM Alarm for VB Scripts :-)
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Or.....you could just disable the schedule? :)
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