Mail store not shrinking after offline defrag, exch 2007
Posted on 2011-03-22
I have a pretty urgent and serious problem that needs to be resolved.
Our Exchange server is almost out of space and i am running out of space on the host machine to throw at it.
ESX - 5 live servers hosted
836GB Avail on host - 316GB allocated to Exchange server (thin prov)
3 Mail Stores, A-H, H-O and P-Z
Our mailboxes have been growing rapidly, i have spent a week clearing out mail any older than 1 year to a PST and moving the PST's to a NAS so the space is "Free" on the server / host. As the allocated space is thinly provisioned when i move the mails out the disk volume remains the same, i thought that any new mail received will write to the white space, our mail stores are still growing, we had 3gb left last night, SO. i mounted a temp volume on the exchange server to run the defrag, mail store size +110%.
I have cleared out around 60gb.
So away i went to run an offline defrag using this command:
"C:\program files\microsoft\exchange server\bin" Eseutil.exe /d "D:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\Mailbox\H-O Storage Group\H-O Mailbox Database.edb" /t "E:\H-O Mailbox Database\H-O Mailbox Database.edb"
C is the install of EXCH, D is the location of the Mail stores and E is the temp volume.
This was a 55gb store that i know was down to about 43gb, once the defrag completed, the store was still the same size, OK, so i ran the same command on the larger P-Z mail store with the same result, no decrease in store size.
Please can you help me here.