Exchange Mailbox Database is Expanding (Alarmingly)

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    Hi all,

    About a month ago, I noticed that the disk on which my Exchange (2010) database is stored was starting to get a little low. No biggie, I can expand it (a little). BUT over the subsequent week, I noticed that the available space on that disk kept getting less and less and less. So I then spent a week watching closely and what I’m seeing is the Exchange db growing by anywhere between 200-400MB per day.

    While that may not be crazy in certain environments, it’s quite alarming in our case. Historically we’ve not been very email-centric and have about 180 mailboxes. Recently, we’ve gone more heavy towards email usage (social media initiatives, accepting online/email resumes/etc, but that’s the only change recently. And while I can’t fathom those initiatives sending the size overboard so quickly, I can’t think of anything else.

    So my questions are.. What can I do to figure out WHAT is causing the db to expand like this? How can I check to see what mailboxes are growing at what rate? Can I see mailbox histories? I can’t view the logs… But they seem to be just 1MB txt files. Do I need some kind of viewer program? Will the logs tell me anything like this anyway? Log files are saved on a different disk, so they’re not part of my size problem anyway.

    I’m by no means an Exchange expert (as you can probably tell), so I could use some genuine handholding here. Any thoughts? Thanks!


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