Ask the Expert

Cleaning up Exchange

I need to clean up a Windows 2003 Exchange database, it is growing too large. What command should I use?

    Requires Free Membership to View

Not sure what you mean by "cleaning up" the database. Exchange does the clean up for you during the nightly maintenance interval, and you normally don't need to do any cleanup manually. Besides, such clean up, or offline defragmentation, will result in an outage.

Nevertheless, should you want to do this, the first step is taking a look at Event ID 1221 in the server's Application Event Log for that store. it will tell you whether there is enough free space in the store. If there isn't much free space, I wouldn't recommend doing it.

If you've determined there's enough free space in the store and you need to reclaim disk space, the command is:

eseutil /d

Other details and considerations for offline defragmentation are documented in KBA 192185.

This was first published in July 2006

There are Comments. Add yours.

 
TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: