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A Collection of Random Thoughts
Monday, November 01, 2004
 
Followup to Exchange maintenance
Nino Bilic, one of the MS Product Support folks, has written about this in the Exchange team blog in the past.
Is offline defragmentation considered regular Exchange maintenance?
Also, more recently, he followed up with another blog somewhat related that talks about file-level defragmentation (Disk Defragmenter a.k.a Diskeeper Lite, or other 3rd party file-defrag utility).
Do we need to file-level defragment Exchange database drives?

I agree fully with Nino on both topics. I've never had the need to do either one on a production Exchange database. Sure, it's fun to play with these utilities (IN A LAB!), and in fact, I would encourage that because you never know when the unthinkable can happen. The simple fact though is that neither one should be a part of "normal" Exchange maintenance.

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