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How to offline defrag Exchange server 2010 database

When working with exchange, it happen sometimes that the exchange database is using high disk space and even you and users are deleting/archived some mails but the size is not getting low.

In that scenario, You an exchange administrator or system administrator must perform offline defragmentation of database.

There are some points which you must be follow before starting the offline defragmentation:-

1) During the offline defragmentation exchange service would be stopped. So no mail access would be working during that time

2) Before making some free disk space for the drive in which exchange database present, you need approx 1.1x of database size somewhere in your network. 
First you need to check how much white space you have in your exchange database. White space means the space which will be free once you run the defrag utility.
to check it you can open Exchange management shell and type.
Get-MailboxDatabase -Status | ft name,databasesize,availablenewmailboxspace -auto
[PS] C:\>Get-MailboxDatabase -Status | ft name,databasesize,availablenewmailboxspace -auto

Name             DatabaseSize                    AvailableNewMailboxSpace
----             ------------                    ------------------------
MB-HO-01         18.26 GB (19,604,766,720 bytes) 9.544 GB (10,247,766,016 bytes)
MB-HO-02         15.63 GB (16,785,670,144 bytes) 3.696 GB (3,968,761,856 bytes)
MB-HO-Archive-01 648.1 MB (679,542,784 bytes)    134.6 MB (141,164,544 bytes)
In the example above the database MB-HO-01 is 18.26Gb in size but has 9.544Gb white space due to archiving that has ocurred.
So to plan for an Exchange 2010 mailbox database defrag you need an amount of free space equivalent to 1.1x the predicted size of the new file.

In this example that would be:
18.26 – 9.544 = 8.7
8.7 x 1.1 = 9.57

1. Start--->Run--->services.msc and then STOP Microsoft Exchange Information Store service
2. Open up a command line utility and execute the following command:

eseutil /d "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Mailbox\Mailbox Database 0305499990\Mailbox Database 0305499990.edb" /t \\10.0.0.2\temp.edb

Where: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Mailbox\Mailbox Database 0305499990\Mailbox Database 0305499990.edb" is the path to the exchange server database that needs to be defragmented and \\10.0.0.2\temp.edb is any temporary location that has adequate space (minimum the size of the database+10%) to store the temporary defraged database, until completion of the defrag.

Finally once the process is complete you need to START the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service and check that the database has been mounted correctly via the Exchange Management Console. I always give the server a restrat to check that all relevant services do start up automatically after the defrag procedure.

If you want to verify that the available new mailbox free space has been increased after the defragment procedure all you need to do is execute the following command in Exchange Management Shell:


Get-MailboxDatabase -Status | ft name,databasesize,availablenewmailboxspace -auto

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