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Backing up and Defragmenting the Active Directory Database

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Can someone give me the step by step instructions for backing up and defragmenting the Active Directory?
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For backup you can just use windows backup and run and backup the system state. For a defrag you will need to boot into DSRM and use ntdsutil

http://www.petri.co.il/active_directory_offline_defragmentation.htm
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To backup, create a system state backup.

Doing a defrag can be done with these instructions:
http://www.petri.co.il/active_directory_offline_defragmentation.htm

Though I'm not sure why you'd want to - if you're running low on space, there are MANY other things to do first.
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You can follow the steps in this link to see how mych space you would gain with an offline defrag.
But I agree with leew. The database should not need to be defraged.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc787136(WS.10).aspx
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