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Do you need to defrag Exchange 2010 after archiving mail mailboxes?

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If so, what tool is used?
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Exchange doesn't need maintenance. As long as you leave it running 24/7, backup the information store regularly and monitor the event logs, Exchange will look after itself.

The key thing with keeping Exchange running is to leave it alone. It is when people start changing things, adjusting settings and removing permissions that they don't think are required that the problems begin.

This is different from using a tool like GFI Mail Essentials to manage the data.

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Exchange will do online defrags and maintenance on its own nightly.  However, if you have lots of activity on your mail server and lots of incoming mail, lots of spam, lots of archiving, etc. It may be a good idea to do an offline defrag using eseutil. Basically what it does is creates a new database and re-writes out your data error free and defragmented.  It then discards the old DB. Use caution with this method as your backups won't work from that point on if you need to restore something.  So make a complete backup immediately after doing an offline defrag.  As for archiving, thats up to you or your company policies.  The smaller your Information store database, the better performance you will see from exchange.  If your database is huge, say over 50GB, then management becomes a little more tricky, as it takes many hours to do any maintenance on the DB.  
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