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Defragging servers

What is the recommended procedure for defragging an Exchange server on a RAID system? The OS is Win Server 2003 SP1. Can I use a third party application like Diskeeper? Do I need to disable any services when I run the defrag?

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Disk Defragmentation may help you improve performance when disks are heavily fragmented. When considering disk defragmenting utilities, please contact the utility vendor to find out if it is supported in a particular environment. Rather than leaving a disk defragmentation utility always on, I would consider using it periodically on an "as required" basis.

You can read the recommendations from Microsoft regarding disk and database defragmentation here

This was first published in July 2006

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