kj [SBS MVP] wrote:
> But perhaps I'm just missing your point at how a 40GB 5 user DB becomes
> something other than a bad management practice problem.
We're at cross purposes here, that wasn't my point, but it *was* the
question. Let me quote the OP:
"My client's Exchange server database recently exploded in size. Since
the handful of users in this small business use hosted POP3 and SMTP
mail at their domain I'm surprised by this development. I see a few
pc's have their inboxes in Exchange, the rest have mail in their local
PST files. But in any event there's no way the emails of 5 users could
be generating 40GB worth of space."
Now, he may not be aware that all five users have suddenly discovered
how to download films and send them to each other, but the original
question, as I read it, was 'is there any other way this can happen?',
or perhaps 'Is there any known way for the database engine to hiccup and
bloat itself, and need to be repaired?' As far as I can see, nobody
offered personal experiences of any other reason for suddenly large
mailboxes than email quantity.
But the OP didn't suggest that he didn't know about mailbox quotas,
which obviously must have been changed from default values if this 40GB
really is email. In fact as far as I recall, if this is SBS2003, someone
would need to have made a registry change to allow this capacity. The
discussion centred on how SBS needs at least some attention. I hadn't
any answer to the original question, but as the discussion had wandered
off-topic, at this point I suggested that most of the attention SBS
needs concerns Exchange, and that perhaps it isn't a good match for
where Microsoft is aiming SBS. It's not just a matter of a mailbox
quota, which is a single tweak in a dialog box, it's about keeping it
happy, dealing with corrupt emails and a sulking Outlook, needing to
muck about creating storage groups and mounting databases to recover
mailboxes from backup, etc.
That's all. Nothing about good or bad management, just about minimising
the *need* for management, which is a direction in which Microsoft has
been heading for decades. I'm giving them free advice that Exchange is a
good place to look for improvement on that score. Let me put it another
way: if Windows Home Server were to acquire native mail server
capabilities, would/should it be Exchange?