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  • Question

  • Please confirm the purpose of indexing.  Why is it on by default?  What is the impact of turning it off and deleting the edb files?

    In our case we have multiple systems running high end analytical equipment running 24x7.  The C:\ partition is 78 GB and nearly 30 GB is being consumed by the indexing file.

    Friday, November 15, 2013 2:46 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Based on my research,  a file with the .edb file extension is known as an Exchange Information Store Database.

    When you check your email, Microsoft Exchange Server checks the .edb file for messages waiting to be delivered to you. Once the messages are located, the server retrieves them and distributes them to your Inbox, where you can read them.

    Because .edb files are required for Microsoft Exchange Server to function properly, we should never delete an .edb file from the server.

    But we can reduce the space when the file size grows too large.

    Reclaim Space When the .edb File Size Grows Too Large

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj856988(v=exchg.141).aspx

    If you have more question, please go to Exchange Server Forum for further help. They can provide you with more valuable suggeations.

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/exchange/en-US/home?category=exchangeserver

    Hope this helps,


    Ada Liu
    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Yolanda Zhu Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:15 AM
    Monday, November 18, 2013 12:54 PM
  • the EDB is the Search indexer file of Windows ;)

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    • Marked as answer by Yolanda Zhu Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:15 AM
    Monday, November 18, 2013 7:12 PM

All replies

  • the Index is used to accelerate the search feature of Windows. Reduce the number of indexed entries (control panel) and rebuild the index.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Friday, November 15, 2013 5:57 PM
  • Hi,

    Based on my research,  a file with the .edb file extension is known as an Exchange Information Store Database.

    When you check your email, Microsoft Exchange Server checks the .edb file for messages waiting to be delivered to you. Once the messages are located, the server retrieves them and distributes them to your Inbox, where you can read them.

    Because .edb files are required for Microsoft Exchange Server to function properly, we should never delete an .edb file from the server.

    But we can reduce the space when the file size grows too large.

    Reclaim Space When the .edb File Size Grows Too Large

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj856988(v=exchg.141).aspx

    If you have more question, please go to Exchange Server Forum for further help. They can provide you with more valuable suggeations.

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/exchange/en-US/home?category=exchangeserver

    Hope this helps,


    Ada Liu
    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Yolanda Zhu Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:15 AM
    Monday, November 18, 2013 12:54 PM
  • the EDB is the Search indexer file of Windows ;)

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    • Marked as answer by Yolanda Zhu Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:15 AM
    Monday, November 18, 2013 7:12 PM