Solved

Shrink Datastores on Exchange 2007

Posted on 2014-03-10
6
274 Views
Last Modified: 2014-03-10
Good Morning Experts,

I have a question, possibly two.

We have a previous exchange server 2007 still on the domain and are running with 2010.  All mail is now routing through Exchange 2010 and 2007 is ready to be decommissioned.  Both Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 are virtual using NetApp ISCI Storage.

The decision was made to not decommission it until after this semester (we are a school) because we were told by Back up Exec that if any mail needed to be retrieved that was created on one of the Exchange 2007 datastores, we would need an exchange 2007 server to retrieve that mail.  

My question is, the datastores are almost 300 gigs big sitting on a thin provisioned disk.  can I shrink them down without hurting anything?  I have removed all mailboxes, there are 3 total with nothing on them.  I need the storage prior to the decommission of this box.

I hope that made sense.  thank you for your time.
0
Comment
Question by:klsphotos
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 3
6 Comments
 
LVL 22

Assisted Solution

by:robocat
robocat earned 500 total points
ID: 39917642
If the exchange volumes are empty, the risk should be very low.  Use snapdrive (if you've got it) to shrink the volumes.

But why shrink and not delete if they are empty anyway?
0
 

Author Comment

by:klsphotos
ID: 39918103
I was told that they would need to be recreated if we needed to restore mail to them from Back Up exec so I figured I would leave them but shrink them.  Is there harm in deleting them?  Everything is off...
0
 
LVL 22

Expert Comment

by:robocat
ID: 39918545
OK, I get it, restored mails need to be in the original locations (databases), so it makes sense to shrink the database volumes instead of deleting them.
0
Online Training Solution

Drastically shorten your training time with WalkMe's advanced online training solution that Guides your trainees to action. Forget about retraining and skyrocket knowledge retention rates.

 

Author Comment

by:klsphotos
ID: 39918697
Hello and thank you for responding.

I don't think I am communicating the issue properly so my apologies.

Our old exchange server still shows it is using 75% of the disks.  I have moved everything off if it but the disk size hasn't changed.  Isn't there something in exchange to reclaim the space and decrease the database size?  It hasn't changed at all (white space has) since the migration of all mailboxes to the new server.  Until I do that, I can't shrink the disk to less than what these databases are still using?

I hope that made sense, thanks again.  I did just check out Snap Drive...that looks awesome!
0
 
LVL 22

Accepted Solution

by:
robocat earned 500 total points
ID: 39919120
Deleting mailboxes will not free database space by itself. Defragmenting will compact the database:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998863%28v=exchg.80%29.aspx
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:klsphotos
ID: 39919172
Thank you everyone!
0

Featured Post

Put Machine Learning to Work--Protect Your Clients

Machine learning means Smarter Cybersecurity™ Solutions.
As technology continues to advance, managing and analyzing massive data sets just can’t be accomplished by humans alone. It requires huge amounts of memory and storage, as well as the high-speed power of the cloud.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article will help to fix the below errors for MS Exchange Server 2013 I. Certificate error "name on the security certificate is invalid or does not match the name of the site" II. Out of Office not working III. Make Internal URLs and Externa…
A couple of months ago we ran into an issue that necessitated re-creating our Edge Subscriptions. However, when we attempted to execute the command: New-EdgeSubscription -filename C:\NewEdgeSub_01.xml we received an error indicating that the LDAP se…
Advanced tutorial on how to run the esxtop command to capture a batch file in csv format in order to export the file and use it for performance analysis. He demonstrates how to download the file using a vSphere web client (or vSphere client) and exp…
The basic steps you have just learned will be implemented in this video. The basic steps are shown to configure an Exchange DAG in a live working Exchange Server Environment and manage the same (Exchange Server 2010 Software is used in a Windows Ser…

717 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question