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    Guys, I am so glad to find this forum. It has great deal of knowledge and data. I am new to these forums however; I am not new to the IT world. I been an IT administrator for the past 8 years and I have racked experience through the years.

    Recently I have taken over a network as an IT manager. However, after a week I found myself in a position I donít envy myself in. Itís a small network with 35 users however, its been abused to the point that their Mailbox stores (EDB) is 85 gig yes you read rightÖ And they are still receiving emails.. I started to archive but thatís a whole new story all together and I will start a separate thread for that asking about PSTís.

    Now here what I have. Small Business Server with Huge EDB.. this guy of course is running everything DHCP, AD, other software they have such as PC law Legal solutions (I can keep going) also, it runs Symantec Anti Virus server. (Yes all my eggs in one basket, lucky me)
    To top that off the server is shutting down some times on its own with unexpected error in the application log. Also, itís running out of space. Finally my domain is called domain1 Ö no clue who would give domain1 as a name to domain.


    So after a lot of research I was thinking to add a replica domain controller to SBS2003 then change the domain name through the domain rename tool. Then I would migrate to 2003 Standard and make the 2003 (replica) GC. Well lucky me 2003SBS does not support domain rename LOL. Never ever use Small Business Server. #[email protected]#%%@#%

    In theory I can create a domain from scratch then move users and mailboxes. What do you guys think here!!

    Thanks

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    Re: SBS2003 situation. I need input plz

    try to run an offline defrag first
    might cut the DB size down
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      Re: SBS2003 situation. I need input plz

      Originally posted by DYasny View Post
      try to run an offline defrag first
      might cut the DB size down
      I am looking into this deeply. However, I have a concern.. Will it harm my EDB? Will I loose anything (itís a huge DB)? I ran an NT backup on exchange but I am very worried that the defrag will corrupt the DB!!!

      Also, Can you send me to a link on step by step on how to defrag that DB.

      Thank you sir

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        Re: SBS2003 situation. I need input plz

        **I just read I cant do off line defrag because I only have 30 gig worth of empty space on my hard drive left

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          well, expanding space is your primary concern of course
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            Re: SBS2003 situation. I need input plz

            Originally posted by DYasny View Post
            well, expanding space is your primary concern of course

            http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/...-Database.html

            About the db defrag, and itís great. However, can someone give me the main few points as steps..1- dismount data base 2- run the utility!!!??

            Can someone just write me the steps quick? Or send me to a more detailed link?

            Also, I got the external USB hard drive so no problem there. My DB right now is 73 gig. I believe that will take 10 hrs or so to defrag? That means for 10 hrs no one will be able to receive emails?

            I backed up the DB through NT backup do I need to back it up in a different way? Do you recommend any different way of backup?

            On my Application log its saying that I will save around 10 gig after the defrag 

            I know I have a lot questions but I am worried

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              Re: SBS2003 situation. I need input plz

              if you are really worried, get an Exchange specialist and let him do everything, asking to explain every step so that you will know how to do it in the future.
              trust me, this is the best advice you will ever receive on any forum, and the best use for your money.
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                Re: SBS2003 situation. I need input plz

                Get a 500gb USB disk and copy your Exchange DB's to there. Run Defrag on the copy and then put them back. (Keep exchange off-line for the HOURS it will take)
                BTW are you sure this is SBS ? SBS only has Exchange standard and, with SP2, has a maximum size of 75Gb per database.
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                  Re: SBS2003 situation. I need input plz

                  I don't normally look in this forum, but followed the link from another question.
                  I have already posted this in another post by the same OP, but the information is worth posting here as well.

                  An 85gb store is quite possible.
                  While there is a limit of 75gb, that is a logical limit, not a physical limit. Therefore the limit is the physical size of the database, minus the white space. Therefore you must have at least 10gb of white space in the store, possibly more.

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