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Can I free up 'white space' on and Exchange 2010 database by performing a 'Move' to a NAS, then 'Move back?

David Burnette
Last Modified: 2018-02-02
I have an SBS 2011 server (Exchange 2010) that I would like to free up 'white space' on. There is insufficient space on the partition to perform a defrag - or the other recommended option of creating a new Mail Store, moving the mailboxes to the new store, then deleting the old store.

We have a NAS though - can I simply do a database 'Move' to the NAS, then 'Move' the database back? Will this effectively remove the 'white space'? Is it even safe to move the database to a NAS - even for this purpose, which would be a brief period?

The Exchange database is around 70GB in size. Everything is Gigabit - I'm getting read/write speeds between the server and NAS of around 600mbps.

I'm not concerned with the server being offline for an extended period over a weekend - I just want to make sure I do it safely.

Thanks for any advice.
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