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If i delete a mailbox in AD attahced to a 2003 exchange box, i then run the Cleanup agent on the mailbox box store and purge the account do i then have to do an offline defraf in order to reduce the size of the datastore? or will it reduce the size of the datastore when the online defrag runs in the middle of the night of can i initiate an online defrag and what consequences does that have?

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by:Akhater
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You will need to do an offline defrag online defrag will not reduce the size of the edb file.

However offline defrag are really useless unless you desperately need the space since the space cleaned by the purge will be reused by exchange and will not count towards the 75 gb if you are running standard version of exchange
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by:kingcastle
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so should i just get people to delete items from their mailboxes then?:
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by:Akhater
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yes in theory, you will still have the retention period on the database to worry about
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by:kingcastle
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anyway to sort that?

need space badly
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change the retention period to zero
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by:TheGeezer2010
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Are you doing full backups and are they running successfully and truncating the logs ?
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where do you set the retention period?
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this will show you how
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/mf022.html

make sure to uncheck the “Do not permanently delete mailboxes and items until the store has been backed up”.
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