Exchange 2010 Database Out of Control

Is it possible for this folder to reside on a different folder? Our Catalog Data folder is over 200 gb in size. The exchange database is almost 900 gb and the volume it is stored on is out of space.

Any advice to get space back? We don't have more space to add to the volume.

Any help would so greatly be appreciated!!!!

Also any tips for getting space back on Exchange 2010? We are very quickly running out of space and can't add more :-(
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

David Paris VicenteSystems and Comunications  Administrator Commented:
Hi tarheelfan0608.

You could use Eseutil to do a defrag on yhe databases. You can see how here ->Defrag an Exchange 2010 Mailbox

Of course you should do this from time to time,  but the space will not grow unless you add more storage.

You have to think to implement a policy to not retain all the data, and use archive, and of course do backups to tape or other media and delete the older info.

This is just my opinion.

tarheelfan0608Author Commented:
We have tried to implement limits and now that they are finally out of space I am able to but I have to get the mailboxes cleaned below the limit in order to do that.

In the past I was always told I needed at least the same amount of space as the existing database in order to complete a defrag. I don't have that type of space available to do that even ...

Any other recomendations?
Your best bet is to create a new DB and move the mailboxes over to it. Or doing the offline defrag (a bit risky because you need to take the DB offline)

I would suggest moving ALL the users from the "whitespace" database to a new database (which will be much smaller), and then delete the old database. In my experience, it's the easiest and fastest way to get it done.

More info here if you're doing offline defrag:
Making Bulk Changes to Active Directory

Watch this video to see how easy it is to make mass changes to Active Directory from an external text file without using complicated scripts.

tarheelfan0608Author Commented:
I have done that as well this is the second database for them!
David Paris VicenteSystems and Comunications  Administrator Commented:
You have to disciplinate your user´s, it´s a tough job :(, if you can do a backup to tape and after delete the some info is your best chance, or buy a new SAN/NAS and migrate the database.

I now this is not what you wanted, but if you want to keep the data is the only solution that i can remember for now. Sorry

tarheelfan0608Author Commented:
Will the Catalog rebuild itself if i move it off ? I read somewhere that it will so I am currently doing that as a temp solution.
Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
You can stop the Search service for this and then remove the Catalog folder and it will rebuild once you start the Search service back

- Rancy

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
@ granwizzard

"You could use Eseutil to do a defrag on yhe databases. You can see how here ->Defrag an Exchange 2010 Mailbox

Of course you should do this from time to time,  but the space will not grow unless you add more storage."

I need to correct that.
An offline defrag DOES NOT have to be done regularly, or even at all. It is not something that Microsoft recommends is done routinely, as it is not risk free and requires extensive downtime.

If the database is 900gb, then an offline defrag will take days to complete.

Create a new database as already advised, move all the data to the new one, and drop the original. Zero downtime, zero risk.

David Paris VicenteSystems and Comunications  Administrator Commented:
You are correct Sembee2, but when I mention that was not with the intention of doing that on a daily basis or month. Was just to help gain some more space, if the tarheelfan0608, dont have an option to increase the space on storage the problem will occur in the near future.

Thats why, I said that.

Of course the solution is to create other Database, but I assumed, that is not an option for tarheelfan0608 because he already do that.

tarheelfan0608Author Commented:
Thank you!
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.