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By don_pham ·
How do i keep exchange sever healthy or run exchange 5.5 maintainance? or could you give me information about to maintain the Exchange 5.5 because we have never done this before.

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by calves In reply to Exchage Maintianance

There is two things I do on a regular basis:

I reboot the server every 2 weeks;
I run the Microsft Exchange Optimizer once a month.
Aside of that, keep the mailboxes clean and exchange up-to-date with Organizational changes, such as people thatleft and no long require a mailbox, etc...


Good luck!

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by fred_e944 In reply to Exchage Maintianance

calves@cerebellum.com's answer is good as far as rebooting, but there is no need to run the Performance Optimizer unless you have changed things like adding a disk, or installing a connector. Remember to plan your server with fault-tolerence in mind (Exchange is happier with mirror sets than RAID).

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by guy In reply to Exchage Maintianance

I would suggest that you get a good backup program the one that comes with exchange is poor BackupExec or Cheyenne ArcServe are better. Also check to see that Restore actually does what you think it will.

On another tack I would study the Monitors and Links as they can actually prevent problems e.g. synchronise time, alert you if messages are stuck.

Finally I would persuade your manager to send you on a course, that way you will get some structured troubleshooting practice.

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by McKayTech In reply to Exchage Maintianance

Unlike prior versions of Exchange, v5.5 does a good job of compacting the database, recovering space and so on (you'll notice from the Event Log that certain tasks run about every hour) so there is no real need for routine database defragmentation.
However, I consider backup a part of routine maintenance and I would strongly recommend that you disable circular logging to provide maximum disaster recovery protection. The downside is that transaction logs will continue to accumulate until thenext successful backup is run so you must be sure the backups run so the logs are properly truncated. I also recommend periodically doing a test restore to make sure your backups are good.

Finally, monitor your disk space carefully - most of thereally ugly Exchange crashes I've seen have resulted from running out of drive space.

Incidentally, I don't agree with the need for a biweekly reboot although I think the rest of the advice given in that answer is pertinent and useful.

paul

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