Exchange2003 - running out of space

Posted on 2011-10-06
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i have exh2003 running wiht 5GB left on an array (RAID 1) : 1 partition of 68GB.
This F: Drive contain the DB. files in here are:
priv1.edb 43GB
priv1 21GB
temp.edb 18 MB
res2  5MB
res1  5MB
E003C405   5MB
E003C404   5MB
etc all 5MB and all text file
I have another partition on a different array (RAID 5) with 45 GB free. (here i only have the exchange message tracking logs which i only keep for every 3 months)
any recomendation if i can move some files around? or what about exchange defrag, and how it works?
Any suggestion is appreciated.
Question by:Faustino-12
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davorin earned 0 total points
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As you have only 45GB of space on second partition you should move only priv1.stm file to that partition.
The defrag procedure is here:

You have probably meant offline defregmentation. The DB size will shrink only for the size of whitespace in DB (deleted items). And I'm afraid you will not be able to do it as you need at least 110% the size of DB of free space.
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I agree to davorin. Thats best you can do here. Rest if you have SAN available, just map a new drive to this server. Secondly, what version of Exchange you are using, if it is standard edition 75 GB is the final limit.

Another option is to set the mailbox limit to 200 MB for each user, ask user to arch email to local PST or get an arch software like GFI.

At last implement a new server, if possible go for Exchange 2010 and transition over the data to new server.

hope this helps
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Good info from the others and only other thing to address is your logs i.e.

1. Where are you storing the logs, what drive and path?
2. how much space is that currently taking up?
3. how often are you backing up and whats the oldest log file?

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1. storing logs are on same F: drive F:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\mdbdata
2. taking up about 1GB
3. full back up Mon to Fri using backupexec 12.5

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