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how to safely remove RSG Group

Posted on 2011-03-09
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SBS2008 in the exchange default directory there is a RSG(a bunch of numbers) database that is taking up 6G of space, how do I go about deleting this?
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Should I be concerned when I run Get-Mailboxdatabase it only shows one StoreageGroup (First Storage Group) and not the Recovery Storage Group.
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In the Exchange management shell I don't see the option to remove a recovery storage group, it's as if the RSG doesn't exist in exchange but the database is there when I go to the folder location.
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any input Cris, sorry I feel that the RSG may have been installed incorrectly or maybe I'm being over sensitive.
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by:Cris Hanna
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Do you see the Recovery Storage Group in the Ex Mgmt Console?   Have you already recovered your messages?
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It doesn't show up in the management console.

I don't care anything about the RSG other than to get rid of it to clear up space. If I remember correctly I created the RSG tried to migrate a users mailbox and it reported to many errors. Turned out I didn't need to restore anything anyway so now I'm just trying to get rid of it.  
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by:Cris Hanna
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If it's not showing in the Console, I suspect it's not mounted, meaning it could be deleted

Have you considered just moving it to another drive and then seeing what "falls" out?   You'd know pretty quickly if Exchange is not happy.
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that's the thing I thought I went through all the steps to delete it and then noticed it's still there when I was checking disk space.

I really can't afford to have email go down on a production server, at least not during business hours. Also can't afford to lose any email.

I was thinking of renaming it but it's frustrating that it's in the same container as the email database in use.
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Cris Hanna earned 500 total points
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I completely understand your concern.   Have you looked at the date modified on the file?   if the Priv1.edb is current, and the other has a date back to when you tried to bring it in.  It's not in use.

If it should up in the Exchange Console, then I'd be concerned

But just verify that the file and and group are not in use by following this article
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb125197(EXCHG.80).aspx
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by:itconsultant7717
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says it was last modified in 2009.
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does that match about the time you tried to import mail?
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not sure how the article explains how its not in use, it just shows how to delete it.
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by:Cris Hanna
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basically if you work through the article and don't find it in use and able to do delete as the article shows, then it affirms that it's not in use...and the last modified date of 2009 pretty much assures it's not in use
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Deleted the files manually and all is well, thanks for all your help.
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