Do I need to compact my Exchange 2003 database?
Posted on 2010-11-08
I have an Exchange 2003 server which has been in service for about 5 years so far. The database size has been growing steadily, as expected. It is currently about 85GB in size. It never seems go get smaller, just bigger. Sometimes when people leave the company and their email is archived off the server, I expect that the database size would shrink at least a little within a few weeks, but it does not. Even when we had a big layoff a couple years ago.
Is their something I need to do? I understand that it may just be converting to white space when I archive and delete an account, but if that was the case then the size would at least remain steady for a while after deleting a user as the white space gets re-used instead of the database growing, but it still seems to grow regardless. Is it recommended that I do some sort of offline compaction of the database, or should I just leave it alone if there are not really any problems? I still have more space to grow into, but it won't last forever. I am hoping to get another 2 years out of it.