Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Repairing oversized corrupt EDB file in MS Exchange Server 2003

Microsoft Exchange Server is the server-side of the client-server product by Microsoft. It provides support for emailing, calendar entries and mobile- and web-based access to exchange information. All such information is stored in an EDB (Exchange Information Store Database) file. However, sometimes the EDB file can get corrupt due to which you are unable to mount the mailbox. Corruption situations can arise due to various reasons such as virus infections, human errors, database header corruption, quitting Exchange server unexpectedly, etc. In such cases, you should take appropriate corrective measures to rectify the situation. However, if you are unable to do so, then you should use a third-party Exchange Repair software to do the needful.

Consider a scenario wherein you are not able to mount Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition mailbox. The event ID is logged in the Application Event Log:

“Event Type: Error
Event Source: MSExchangeIS
Event Category: General
Event ID: 1112
Description: The database "Mailbox Store (Server Name)" has reached the maximum allowed size. Attempting to unmount the database.”


The cause of this erroneous situation is that the EDB file has corrupted as its size has exceeded the permissible size of 16 GB.


To resolve the situation:

1. Upgrade to Exchange Server 2003 SP2 as it has got size limit of 75 GB.

2. Perform the following tasks if you are an administrator:
     a)Increase the database size limit temporarily by 1 GB.
     b)Remove the not so required database content.
     c)Defragment the database to reduce it to the permissible database size limit.

3. Mount the database in a recovery storage group by using the Recovery Storage Group feature. Then, you can use the MS Exchange Merge Wizard (Exmerge.exe) to extract the mailboxes from the database.

However, if you still are unable to resolve this issue then you should use a third-party Exchange repair software to repair the EDB file. Such tools are able to repair the EDB file without overwriting the original contents and by using fast yet sophisticated scanning algorithms.

Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery is an MS Exchange repair software that enables you to repair corrupt EDB files. It scans the corrupted EDB file, repairs it, and saves it at a user-specified location. This Exchange repair software recovers different mailboxes in a separate PST files. This software supports Exchange Server 5.5, 2000, 2003, and 2007. It is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, XP, and 2000.

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