Exchange edb file growing very large
Posted on 2010-09-06
Our Exchange (2003) database files have grow to a large size where they are close to outgrowing the drives that they are on. I need to reduce their size.
edb file is 100 GB
stm file is 35 GB
Current combined size of users mailbox's is approx 30GB
Further investigation has shown that the Maintenance interval is not enabled (or specifically set to Custom Schedule and no times selected).
If I just enable the Maintenance shedule, will this reduce the size of the database significantly or will i need to do an offline defrag using Eseutil?
Not sure why this was disabled in the first place but our exchange store had to be rebuilt a year or so ago, so perhaps it was never turned on again after that.
Either way my first step is going to be to backup the databases to an external drive.
Is there anything else I should be looking at or steps I should take?