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Defrag SBS Server 2003

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Hey Experts

what what would be the best practice to defrag my server drives.

I have a main data drive the has the exchange database as well ass the Dynamic data on it, is it okay to schedule a defrag weekly with this drive.  

also should i be defraging all drives on the server regularly?

I have 3 separate raids setup with C being the OS, D being Exhange and Data and I am about to move all the data to the new Raid i just setup.

thanks
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khaledf earned 84 total points
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you can schedule it to start after working hours, i.e. at a time that the server is at its lowest usage.
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Sure, regular defrags on all drives are something that should be done. Maybe not weekly, but I'd do it monthly (but it depends a bit on the data movements on your HD).

I'd also do a regular chkdsk /f on the drives (again best monthly on weekends) to keep the file-system clean.
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by:jjanknegt
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Cool Thanks guys,

I thought it would be fine, just wanted to check with the experts first.

how do i schedule the different drives?

How about exchange should i worry about the database?

and how do i defrag that database if i have t?

Jeff
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by:tmenasco
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I schedule defrags of EVERY drive on all of my clients servers every week and daily on all of the workstations.

We use Defraggler from Piriform to set these up on the boxes.

When a drive is degragged regularly, it consistently has less fragments and operates more effeciently. Plus, the defrag for a lightly fragmented drive runs much quicker than a drive that is heavily fragmented.
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by:tmenasco
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Sorry, i missed the Exchange part of the question.

The Exchange database should be in good condition as long as you run backups regulalry that commit the logs.

Exchange performs automatic online defrags during it's regular maintenance schedule. Here is a good piece of information about how Exchange defrag works. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328804
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Thank Tmenasco

Defraggler is working out great. find it better then the build in one.

Jeff
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by:khaledf
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to the author, your question is seeking advice and not a software to do the defragmentation, kindly share the points to all participants as they have spared their time to clear your doubts.
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by:jjanknegt
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Dear Khaledf.

sorry about that, how do i correct the assignment of points.

J
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sorry I have no idea :) I have never asked a question on EE and got answers to mark.
no problem it is ok. just keep this in mind for future questions.

kind regards,
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by:khaledf
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also I would like to thank tmenasco Defraggler is great, i have just downloaded it. :)
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by:jjanknegt
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Ya you know i didn't scroll up enough to see your first post.

so I assigned it to tmesnasco

I will for sure keep that in mind and thank you for your input.

Jeff
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Please reopen
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Thanks Rindi
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