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How erase the deleted mails in a mailbox?

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Hello I have deleted all the mails in a mailbox, but I suppose still are in the database for the retention policies.

I want to erase it today and not wait the retention time.

And latter I want to compact the database to free disk space.

It's possible.

Thanks.
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Question by:limmontreefree
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by:EEhotline
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You need to go to the Recover Deleted items and clear everything in there, then you can disable the mailbox. After 30 days, the mailbox will be gone too.
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As said above clean up recover deleted items and over night the exchange  maintainance would do a onlien defrag to create white space.

How are you planning to do this

"And latter I want to compact the database to free disk space."
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Once purged from "Recover Deleted Items" all the e-mails are gone, even from DB.
Reuse of space is automatically done by Exchange 2013 server.
But if you want the space now immediately:

There are two ways:
1. Create another DB on another hard disk (or on the same hd). Move all mailboxes to this new DB. There will be negligible downtime for the users. Then delete the older DB.

2. use eseutil to compact the DB. There will be downtime for all users at the same time. The time will be dependant on your db size. http://exchangeserverpro.com/defrag-exchange-2010-mailbox-database/. Be careful with this step. Make sure you have a backup. If you have a DAG we need to do extra steps.
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any update?
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by:limmontreefree
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I'll try tonight,

Then I'll close the question.

Thanks for your interest.
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any update?
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thanks I did the 1 option
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