Exchange 2000 SP3 defrag problem

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Exchange 2000 SP3 defrag problem

Postby S2FkZGll » Wed, 13 Sep 2006 09:12:01 GMT

Help please,  we have deleted heaps of Mailboxes recently in preparation for 
an Exchange inplace upgrade from Exch 2000sp3 to Exchange 2003.  Anyway I 
like to perform a defrag on the database by copying it to another server, 
running the defrag and copying it back.  This seems to be the safest method.  
We use Robocopy for this and ran it from the Exchange server.  Got an error 
on the copy saying not enough System resources to complete task. The 
destination server has 109Gb free on the drive Im copying it to and the 
Exchange server has 49Gb free where the priv1.edb is stored.   So I tried the 
Robocopy from the destination server.  The message I got this time was not 
enough server storate is available to process this command.

Ive copied the database store before when it was much bigger and defragged 
it on another server.  The store is currently 50Gb and I think a defrag would 
clean it up heaps.

Re: Exchange 2000 SP3 defrag problem

Postby Jim McBee (MVP - Exchange) » Wed, 13 Sep 2006 12:59:45 GMT

Are you dismounting the databases prior to running Robocopy?   I'll bet that 
if you wait until online maintenance purges all of those deleted messages 
and mailboxes that you will have plenty of disk space locally to do the 
defrag.  Just make sure you do a backup before doing the defrag and then 
another one immediately after you complete the defrag and remount the 

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Re: Exchange 2000 SP3 defrag problem

Postby Joel » Wed, 13 Sep 2006 14:03:54 GMT

Why not just use ESEUTIL with the /p to defrag and copy at the same
time to the new location?


Re: Exchange 2000 SP3 defrag problem

Postby S2FkZGll » Wed, 13 Sep 2006 14:12:01 GMT

Thanks, can the new location be on a different server or will network issues 
prevent this.  The reason I defrag on another server is to protect the 
database as it is not corrupt just needs cleaning up.  I've always used 
another server and never had this issue before.

Re: Exchange 2000 SP3 defrag problem

Postby Ben Winzenz [Exchange MVP] » Thu, 14 Sep 2006 00:18:08 GMT

Have you made sure that the other server has all the required dll's and 

Performing the offline defrag on another server isn't going to do anything 
different to protect the database, and will increase the amount of time it 
takes (take offline, copy to another location, defrag, copy back) before you 
can mount it again.  You will have to keep the original database offline the 
entire time regardless of where you do the defrag, and the defrag is 
performed against a "Temp" database anyways, so if the process is 
interrupted, nothing is done to the original.

As long as you have enough free space on your Exchange server, I usually 
recommend running it there.  The temp database location can be a network 
drive if you desire (though I'm not sure I'd do this), but I'd make sure 
that you have good connectivity between them if you are considering doing 

If you still want to run it on another server, check out 

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