We are running a Exchange 2003 mail server and I am starting to run out of space and need some assistance. Below are the key points:
1. Database size limit set in the registry is 70 Gigs.
2. The free space on the physical disc where the database file and logs are kept is 1.5 Gigs.
3. The total size of all of the mailboxes recently exceeded 70 Gigs and was causing the mail store to be detached when maintenance ran early in the AM.
A few days ago, I requested that users go in and delete any messages that were no longer needed and also empty their deleted items folder. Between all of the users they probably removed 10-15 Gigs of email messages.
Right now, the priv1.edb file is 68 Gigs and the priv1.stm is 15.8 Gigs. Do I need to perform an offline defrag to recover the space created by the users deleting old messages?