Exchange 2003 using eseutil /d but have not enough HD space
Posted on 2012-03-28
I have exchange 2003 SBS std edition. I am reaching the max allowed space on my SBS server and might have to look at options of upgrading however i have had users look at their mailboxes and instructed them to trim it down as much as possible.
I have made them use personal folders and drag folders down to their personal folders. I use PFbackup to backup those e-mails so all in all im happy.
I have service pack 2 for exchange and have increased store to 75GB. I have deleted any user accounts not active too. My MDBData folder has not deacreased at all and i plan this weekend to do a ESEUTIL /D and degrag the database offline.
1) I have run out of space on my hard drive and i cant free up anymore. The defrag wont run fully unless i have enough space. I am still aprox 20GB too big. Is there a way for me to run the backup but have a command that runs the backup copy on an external hard drive?
2) is a defrag enough. In the past even after freeing up many GB's it only mildly made the database smaller. Does /P just overwrite existing database. I dont want to use ISINTEG as the last time there was a very small amount of e-mail loss but is that the only way to rid white space and free up max space?
Thank you for your time.