Archiving Exchange 2003 mailbox to pst reduces size of mailbox, but doesn't increase free space on drive

Posted on 2011-05-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I need to increase available free space on the partiition where Exchange 2003 is located (until a new server arrives.) I have archived user's mailboxes to local .pst & the size of the Exchange mailbox is reduced, but the available free space on the disk partition doesn't increase at all. For example, archiving reduces a user's Exchange mailbox by 3GB, but the availble free space on the partition where Exchange is located doesn't increase at all. Is there something else that I need to do?
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance
Question by:f1techs
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    You have to run database utils to shrink the DB.

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    Word of caution - the offline defrag will create a new DB meaning you need to have enough free space to support a DB file of the same size.  You can specify a temp location and it does not need to be on the same drive but should be a location with good bandwidth to it, local attached storage or high speed SAN being the best.  
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