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extremely large .STM files - Exchange 2003 Standard

Posted on 2011-03-25
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My .STM file was grown to 20 GB's and my db is 65 GB's.  I need to really reduce the size of my .STM.  What's the best way to do this?  I have database maintenance running every night and Ive trimmed down many of the mailboxes.  What else can I do?  I'm trying to void a offline defrag or any type of offline processes, however, I think I might have to resort to that.
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by:Muzafar Momin
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create multiple mailstore and divide the mailboxes among mailstores
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by:gopher_49
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I have the standard version.  That is not possible.  I'll have to create a VM and run Exchang Standard on a another windows instance..  I thought about that but I guess I need to clean up more space and live with the .STM file?
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I don't think my db is releasing free space...  I deleted over 10 GB's of emails and my priv DB is still the same size?!
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My .stm file is 20GB and my priv edb is 65 GB's.  Does this seem to be normal?  What else can I do to reduce the size of my .stm file?  I guess and offline defrag but I'd rather mount another VM and move mailboxes arounmd before doing that.
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ok..  I moved a 3 GB mailbox to another server.  I then let my database maintenance run and no storage/records where free'ed up...  My .stm and ..edb files are the exact same size.

Does this mean I need to move all mailboxes to another server and then delete my infostore and re-create it?
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distribute the mailbox on both server
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I'm using Standard so I ended up using a different backend server that wasn't being used and moved the mailboxes over there and will now delete my old DB/STM file and then recreate it.  This seems to be the best option in regards to less downtime versus running an offline defrag.  Moving the mailbox to a different server did not free up any space.. I have to move all mailboxes and delete the old DB/STM.
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I ended up moving all mailboxes to a temporary server, deleteing old infostore database which resulted in .STM file being deleted, created new infostore database, then moved users back over.
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