File-level Defragmentation of Exchange 2013 Volumes

We’ve all asked the question in our weekly meetings..

Do we need to file-level defragment Exchange database drives?

The answer is NO.

Our good friend Jeff Guillet shared some helpful information on his EXPTA blog about this very question in his File-Level Defragmentation of Exchange 2013 Volumes article.

The Exchange product group will be officially adding this guidance for Exchange 2013 server builds on Windows Server 2012 in the near future.
Here’s how to turn automatic drive optimization off in Windows Server 2012:

  • Using File Explorer, view the properties of the C: drive or any other local drive.
  • On the Tools tab, click Optimize.
  • You will see that all local drives are being optimized automatically every week:
  • Click the Change Settings button.
  • Clear the check box to Run on a schedule, as shown below:
  • Click OKClose, and OK to save the settings.
Disabling drive optim
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