Microsoft Exchange Server is based on architecture of client-server where the client is MS Outlook. Microsoft Exchange Server stores the user mailboxes in Exchange Database (EDB) file format that must be managed in an efficient manner to keep away issues related to EDB file corruption. Keeping EDB related issues in mind, Microsoft has provided eseutil, a command-line utility to help system administrators and help desk staff to resolve EDB related issues. Using Exchange eseutil 2003 utility, the system administrator and help desk staff can perform following tasks :
Mentioned above are the functions that can be performed using Defrag Exchange 2003 Eseutil Utility. However, to be able to use Eseutil Exchange 2003 in a productive manner, it is important that the system administrator have a good knowledge about using Exchange Eseutil along with its switches. There are various switches used with Eseutil to perform aforementioned tasks. For example, Eseutil /d is used to defragment the database, Eseutil /p is used to repair the database, Eseutil /k is used to verify checksums on all pages, and so on. Though, Eseutil offers lots of benefits it also has some limitations that are listed below:
Exchange Server 2003 experts recommend using Defrag Exchange 2003 when there is a need to defragment the database, verify the state of database or verify integrity in database tables. However, if you want to repair EDB using Eseutil Exchange and Exchange Server 2003 has failed to repair the database, you are suggested to use third-party Exchange repair utility.
At times, it happens that Eseutil Exchange 2010 fails to repair the database completely and bring it back to clean shutdown state. This usually happens when the EDB has major corruptions. In such scenarios, tools like Exchange Recovery Software enables you to repair EDB file and accurately recover user mailboxes. Thus, the Exchange Recovery software helps in bringing your database to a clean shutdown state resolving the following error messages:
The above-mentioned errors along with some other Exchange errors can be resolved when we repair the corrupt Exchange database file. Eseutil Exchange 2003 recovery utility thoroughly scans the EDB file and get the user mailboxes from it. It then allows you to save the output either in PST or EDB file formats. Mailboxes saved in PST file format can be directly opened using MS Outlook while the EDB file needs to be mounted on Exchange Server.