exchange 2003 mailstore and eseutil

Posted on 2011-09-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Good morning, folks.

This week I'm arranging my exchange mailbox. I took about 120 mailboxes, moved to a Mailstore, I use ExMerge backup and then immediately turned off the accounts.

This was my mailstore with 27 gig, even with no mailbox. Perform offline defragmentation to organize the data and clean the spaces and still continues with 27 gig. I do not want to delete this mailstore, for she has the User System Attendant.

Someone could help me understand better, as there is no mailbox in mailstore and yet it occupies a space of these.
Question by:eduardort
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
LVL 10

Expert Comment

ID: 36503184
What do you mean by turned off the accounts? Did you delete the mailboxes and you are trying to free up the space?
LVL 10

Accepted Solution

ThorinO earned 500 total points
ID: 36503208
LVL 49

Expert Comment

ID: 36503218
this is the retention policy the data you moved won't become white space unless the retention date is passed

it having the system attendant doesn't mean you can't delete the edb file, just dismount the database delete the edb and log files (not the folders) and mout it again a new edb file will be create and the system mailbox will not get disturbed in anyway
Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!


Author Comment

ID: 36504499
What do you mean by turned off the accounts? Did you delete the mailboxes and you are trying to free up the space?

Remove from AD and delete mailbox.

Did you purge the mailboxes after deleting them?

Yes, i run cleanup agent in mailbox.

I moved the mailbox from one mailstore to another mailstore and then generate the pst and then delete the mailbox.

The policy of the retensão mailstore is 0. I do not understand why the file remains large even after defragmenting.

LVL 49

Expert Comment

ID: 36506117
Can you explain why you are trying to defrag an empty db?

Wait till morning and check the event log after the garbage process ran, you will have an event log with the amount of white space, defrag after

Author Comment

ID: 36509756
The documentation says that you should run defrag after a large movement or deletion of mailbox.
LVL 49

Expert Comment

ID: 36510140
is the database empty or it does contain users?

Featured Post

On Demand Webinar - Networking for the Cloud Era

This webinar discusses:
-Common barriers companies experience when moving to the cloud
-How SD-WAN changes the way we look at networks
-Best practices customers should employ moving forward with cloud migration
-What happens behind the scenes of SteelConnect’s one-click button

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Exchange Server not available 42 68
mailbox move or migrate 2 47
Outlook header - Return Path different to From address 2 55
Exchange 2010 3 28
This article lists the top 5 free OST to PST Converter Tools. These tools save a lot of time for users when they want to convert OST to PST after their exchange server is no longer available or some other critical issue with exchange server or impor…
In-place Upgrading Dirsync to Azure AD Connect
To show how to create a transport rule in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.: First we need to log into the Exchange Admin Center. Navigate to the Mail Flow >> Rules tab.:  To cr…
The basic steps you have just learned will be implemented in this video. The basic steps are shown to configure an Exchange DAG in a live working Exchange Server Environment and manage the same (Exchange Server 2010 Software is used in a Windows Ser…

734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question