Ideally, I'd like to ensure that my mailboxes (and Exchange Server message store) are safely and quickly loaded at startup? How can I get the size to decrease? I have a p4HT-based Intel Server with 300 GB hard disk and 2 GB RAM. I have approximately 80 users, out of which 50 keep their email on the Exchange server.
It seems you do have plenty of disk space. You have implemented mailbox quotas. Event ID 1221 will tell you if you have any empty space in the store — this will be used first.
With the hardware configuration you described, it appears you are using a single, 300 GB, IDE or SATA drive. If that is the case, I highly recommend at least hardware RAID1 (mirroring) and separating the store (.EDB, .STM), the Exchange Server transaction logs, and the operating system to different volumes.
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