Exchange Server

Reporting Storage Size in Microsoft Exchange

In a great blog entry by Michael B. Smith, he has outlined a scripted method of obtaining the Mailbox and Public Folder store sizes on all Exchange servers in your organization.

As Michael explains, it is a common request is to find out how much disk space Exchange is using in all of the various EDB and STM files spread out everywhere. By running Michael’s fine script, you will get an output similar to this (I’ve used Michael’s own report, as I do not have a test environment with more than one server right now):

​Exchange Organization Name: We Do Email best
Default SMTP address for organization: e12beta.com

All Exchange Servers in forest DC=e12beta,DC=com
 Server Name: VOLCANO
 Server Name: E12BETA

Server name: VOLCANO
  Storage group: First Storage Group
    Store: Public Folder Store (VOLCANO)
      EDB file: C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\mdbdata\pub1.edb
      Size: 11 megabytes
      SLV file: C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\mdbdata\pub1.stm
      Size: 4 megabytes
      Store Size Total: 15 megabytes
    Store: Mailbox Store (VOLCANO)
      EDB file: C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\mdbdata\priv1.edb
      Size: 6 megabytes
      SLV file: C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\mdbdata\priv1.stm
      Size: 8 megabytes
      Store Size Total: 14 megabytes
    Storage Group total: 29 megabytes
  Server total: 29 megabytes
Server name: E12BETA
  Storage group: First Storage Group
    Store: Public Folder Store (E12BETA)
      EDB file: D:\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA\pub1.edb
      Size: 897 megabytes
      SLV file: D:\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA\pub1.stm
      Size: 212 megabytes
      Store Size Total: 1,109 megabytes
    Store: 7-Day-DIR
      EDB file: D:\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA\7-Day-DIR.edb
      Size: 22,189 megabytes
      SLV file: D:\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA\7-Day-DIR.stm
      Size: 15,296 megabytes
      Store Size Total: 37,485 megabytes
    Store: DBI Archive Store
      EDB file: D:\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA\DBI Archive Store.edb
      Size: 4,752 megabytes
      SLV file: D:\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA\DBI Archive Store.stm
      Size: 4,288 megabytes
      Store Size Total: 9,040 megabytes
    Store: Mailbox Store (E12BETA)
      EDB file: D:\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA\priv1.edb
      Size: 92,861 megabytes
      SLV file: D:\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA\priv1.stm
      Size: 46,632 megabytes
      Store Size Total: 139,493 megabytes
    Store: Mailbox Store 2
      EDB file: D:\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA\Mailbox Store 2.edb
      Size: 4,047 megabytes
      SLV file: D:\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA\Mailbox Store 2.stm
      Size: 18 megabytes
      Store Size Total: 4,065 megabytes
    Storage Group total: 191,192 megabytes
  Storage group: Second Storage Group
    Store: Mailbox Store 3
      EDB file: D:\Exchsrvr\SecondStorageGroup\Mailbox Store 3.edb
      Size: 5,180 megabytes
      SLV file: D:\Exchsrvr\SecondStorageGroup\Mailbox Store 3.stm
      Size: 1,508 megabytes
      Store Size Total: 6,688 megabytes
    Storage Group total: 6,688 megabytes
  Server total: 197,909 megabytes
Organization total: 197,938 megabytes

As you see, this text report (which can easily be piped into a file) gives you some nice information about your servers, store locations, and store sizes. For each storage group a subtotal is generated, for each server a subtotal is generated, and for the entire organization a total is generated. This presents a nice little hierarchical view of your storage usage.

The script should work on Exchange 2000, 2003, and 2007, but in order to use it you also need to create some more script files that can be found in another of Michael’s posts. However some readers asked me if I could help them in understanding what these scripts do and how to use them. I will not go into technical details on how these scripts work, the author does a much better job than me, but I can help by creating the scripts for you, placing them into a zipped file, and adding a simple installing batch.

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So, here goes. Download the attached ex_report_store_sizes.zip (10kb). Extract it by using WinZip or similar, and run the enclosed batch file. It’ll create the right folder structure on your server.

When done, go to the %Systemdrive%\Scripts folder and run the following command:

Cool.

Links

Michael’s meanderings…

Finding disk space used by Exchange

Utility Libraries for Exchange Scripting

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