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  • How to free database space?

    Hey All.

    We are running Windows 2003 and Exchange 2003 in a cluster configuration. We are running out of space in the disk that stores the DB files. So we deleted couple of big mailboxes from the Exchange and purged them, but the database still doesn't resize itself.
    Is there any process to be taken in order to do this?
    Is there anything I am missing here?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by syslog; 11th May 2008, 08:48.

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    Re: How to free database space?

    To shrink the free space you will need to do an offline defrag.

    http://www.petri.com/defragment_exch..._databases.htm

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/192185

    Make sure you have full backups before and after the defrag and once complete make sure you test the cluster failover as well.
    cheers
    Andy

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      Re: How to free database space?

      If you are running out of space then you will be unlikely to have enough space to do the offline defrag. Do take notice of the time it takes for the offline defrag to run.

      Ultimately your best long term choice is going to be to increase the storage or invest in an archiving solution.

      Simon.
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