We are running Exchange Server Standard 2003 SP2. We have been seeing in Event Viewer, Event ID 9688 saying that the size of our Store is 70GB, approaching the limit of 75GB.
Last week, I archived 4GB worth of email off of the server to .pst files on local computers.
I expected to see an increase of free space when looking at Event ID 1221. I did see a few
hundred MB of free space for a couple of days, but now it is back down to 137MB free.
We have the deletion policy to permanently delete the deleted items after 30 days. Does archive email fall under "deleted items" and remain in the store for 30 days?
Does it take many passes of the daily online defragmentation to catch up with archiving 4GB of email?
Yesterday event ID 9688 reported the size of our Store to be 69GB, and the day before 68GB.
I don't understand this fast growth of the store. We only have 80 mailboxes.
I would like to delete and archive more email, but I'm afraid that doing that will increase the size of the store and cause us to come crashing down!
Since I deleted (archived) 4GB worth, can I safely assume that new email will fill in the "white space" left from that removal?
I know that these are a lot of questions to ask for one post, but we don't have an on-site Exchange guru and frankly I'm going into panic mode!
Can anyone make some recommendations?