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Our Exchange server is running Exchange Server 2003 Standard on the Windows Server 2003 platform. We're dealing with the mail store size issue, where if the mail store goes over the limit, it gets dismounted.

While we are working with the powers-that-be on a policy that will prevent this happening in the future, I would like to see if it is possible to re-mount the mail store via the Windows CLI. I'm already monitoring the Event Logs and alerting on mail store warnings and dismounts - I'm just tired of getting up at 5am to manually re-mount the store while the political wars ensue.

My alerting tools have the ability to execute a batch script when an alert is generated. I would greatly prefer a native CLI option. I'm not too keen on running some random vbscript found on the Internet and I don't really care to spend my time debugging someone else's code. PowerShell might be an option, if it can be triggered from the CLI.

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I sympathise but with exchange 2003 your options may be a little limited - it's not designed to be manipulated via the shell really. I'm not trying to be negative here, just realistic.

The only idea I have is to do a net stop and then a net start command on the information store service - this should remount the store. It's been a while since I've worked with Exchange 2003 but I think the 2 lines of batch script below will do it.

net stop "Microsoft Exchange Information Store"
net start "Microsoft Exchange Information Store"

(note the quotes around the service name)

Oh and I'm sure you've seen the setting discussed here, but under the circumstances I am sure you won't mind me making sure.

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This has been working well for the last few months. Thanks. – Cypher Apr 23 '11 at 4:04

Google gave me this Mount/Dismount/Delete a Mailbox store from CMD

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Looks like you posted this answer while I was editing my question. I've seen quite a few vbscript options already, the few I've been willing to try didn't work, and I'm really trying to avoid that altogether. Please see my updated question. – Cypher Jan 29 '11 at 20:12
:) Too fast :). – Campo Jan 31 '11 at 17:08

I think your option may be limited on the 2003 platform. Maybe there's powershell options open to you, but I suspect the official solution is to write a .NET application.

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