system Exchange mailboxes are smaller then the .edb database
Posted on 2012-08-15
I am going to do an offline defrag of my exchange server. What i want to know i this:
Why is it that when i add up my databases in system manager it comes to around 16gb but the associated .edb database is showing 70GB. I am unsure why this is so.
I have been battling with the limit of 75GB on a small business server 2003 std edition. I may upgrade to sbs 2011 giving me 1tb of space however i need to have this working now while budget can come through.
I have made sure that there is no retension of e-mails and have set everyones to 0 days.
I can see that from event id 1221 i would only gain 299mb.
I cant see why the database is displaying so big but when you add it up it cant be.
Public store is fine but private is my problem.
My director left for another branch 1 year ago and he had a 16gb database. When i removed his account i got back about 7gb. Again why is this so. I have done an offline defrag.
Can someone explain how this all works?