• From: Debie Allen <debie2000@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "\[ExchangeList\]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 7 May 2004 05:34:25 -0700 (PDT)

I have run the process successfully on Exhange 5.5,
holding my breath the whole time. A few things to keep
in mind. Obviously, have users clean out mailboxes as
much as possible prior to defrag. Set "Retain deleted
items" to 0 days at least two days prior to defrag.
Run a backup of database prior to defrag, including
deletion of log files.
Copy database to another computer (this was the
longest part of the process for me), defrag it.
Delete original database and copy defragged database
back in. Cross your fingers.
MS has a number of good articles on the subject. If
you haven't already, check them out.
In my case, the defrag didn't open as much space as I
had hoped and I had to go back to users for more
serious mailbox cleaning measures. I would recommend
taking an aggressive approach to mailbox cleaning
before the defrag to maximize the benefit of this
process. If I had done that in the first place, the
defrag wouldn't have been necessary.
Good luck!

--- Mike Dufoe <dufoem@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi everyone!
> I have an Exchange 2000 box, latest service packs on
> Win2k with latest service packs.  I want to defrag
> our Exchange Databases using the ESEUTIL /D, as it
> says it only has 9 megs of free space in the Event
> viewer after running it's nightly defrag, but if I
> have to repair the database, I just found this on MS
> support site and was wondering if anyone with a
> similar environment as I have had any problems using
> the ESEUTIL /P.
> When you run the eseutil /p command to repair an
> Exchange 2000 database that is corrupted, the
> Eseutil utility causes an access violation error and
> cannot complete the database repair. 
> To resolve this issue, Microsoft recommends that you
> use the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 version of
> the Eseutil utility (Eseutil.exe) and the Exchange
> 2003 version of the Ese.dll file to repair the
> corrupted database.
> Contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain
> the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 version of the
> Eseutil.exe and the Ese.dll files. For a complete
> list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone
> numbers and information about support costs, visit
> the following Microsoft Web site:
> Also, I don't have enough disk space to defrag the
> EDB's.  I've read I can copy the EDB's to a drive
> that has efficient disk space, but once I do the
> defrag on the EDB that I copied to the other drive
> with efficient space, do I have to remove the EDB
> from the drive that didn't have efficient space
> before moving the defragmented EDB?
> Just really nervous doing this, so bare with me if I
> sound like an amateur as I've never done this on a
> Exchange box.
> Mike Dufoe 
> System Administrator 
> ETI Canada Inc. 
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