sbs 2003 exchange ol defrag

Posted on 2015-01-31
Last Modified: 2015-02-01
SBS 2003 Exchange SP2, priv1.edb is 71gb priv1.stm is 10gb, removed 4 email accounts (after backup to PST) total was 33gb ran the clean up agent then purged these 4 accounts, ran the defrag over night. Used a NAS box for the temp folder. No change in the 71gb priv1.edb. The stm file reduced by 1gb.
Moved SBS to virtual a while back (HP DL360 G7 & Proxmox HV) much faster hardware so defrag time is fast, at 2hours.

C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\bin>eseutil /d "D:\Exchsrvr\mdbdata\priv1.edb" /t "Q:\

Microsoft(R) Exchange Server Database Utilities
Version 6.5
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Initiating DEFRAGMENTATION mode...
            Database: D:\Exchsrvr\mdbdata\priv1.edb
      Streaming File: D:\Exchsrvr\mdbdata\priv1.STM
      Temp. Database: Q:\tmp\TempDefrag.edb
Temp. Streaming File: Q:\tmp\TempDefrag.STM

                  Defragmentation Status (% complete)

          0    10   20   30   40   50   60   70   80   90  100

Moving 'Q:\tmp\TempDefrag.edb' to 'D:\Exchsrvr\mdbdata\priv1.edb'...
                     File Copy Status (% complete)

          0    10   20   30   40   50   60   70   80   90  100

Moving 'Q:\tmp\TempDefrag.STM' to 'D:\Exchsrvr\mdbdata\Priv1.STM'...
                     File Copy Status (% complete)

          0    10   20   30   40   50   60   70   80   90  100

  It is recommended that you immediately perform a full backup
  of this database. If you restore a backup made before the
  defragmentation, the database will be rolled back to the state
  it was in at the time of that backup.

Operation completed successfully in 7323.843 seconds.

C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\bin>
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cpmcomputers earned 500 total points
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Check your Deleted Mailbox Retention value
Otherwise the deleted mailboxes are still present in the database

Author Comment

ID: 40581540
Even after a purge of the 4 mailboxes?   I have just set the 30 and 35 day value to 0 then restarted all exchange I have to wait a day. If I do a offline defrag now should work?
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ID: 40581561
Have seen it where the purge shows no error
But does not actually clear the mailboxes  

The space is marked by an online defrag so I would wait a day for the routine to run before doing your offline
Check the do not delete until backup setting is unchecked (below the retention setting value box)

Also this article may be relevant ?

Author Comment

ID: 40582754
Sorted, set both mail retention values to 0 stop/start all MS Exchange Services and did a backup, ran exchange offline  defrag again, now my priv1.edb is 36GB (was 71GB) and my priv1.stm is 4GB (was 10GB)
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Expert Comment

ID: 40583220
Great result
(You may want to reset the values for retention now in case you do need to recover items inadvertently deleted)


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