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exchange 2007 mail store growing quickly

Posted on 2014-08-15
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We have an SBS 2008 server we look after - the exchange store was 95gb - we archived 20gb of data but the exchange store is still growing ? it has now grown to 98 gb since we did the archiving,

I thought that when mailboxes were archived this kept the white space and then re-used it within other mailboxes? am I wrong? I would like to keep the exchange store below 100gb if possible.?  We have also added 3 new user mailboxes within the last 2 weeks?

Please advise as to steps I can take to prevent the exchange store from growing much more. I dont really want to be running any advanced exchange offline defgrags at this stage?

Please advise :)

Question by:phoenix81
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Simon Butler (Sembee) earned 2000 total points
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You wouldn't run an offline defrag in this scenario. Exchange 2007 and higher allows multiple mailbox databases, up to four. Therefore if you had a lot of white space, simply move the mailboxes to a new database.

What is the reason for wanting to keep the database below 100gb? What did you archive to? PST files? Where are you storing those PST files?

The first thing you need to do with regards to your specific question is look for the amount of free space in the database. Look for event ID 1221 during the night. It will report the amount of free space.
How long ago did you do the archiving? Due to deleted item retention it may well be that the items you have removed from the database have not been flushed from the database and the space reused.


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I done some research online and I changed the retention policy for exchange store this helped keep store size down

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