XADM: Exchange 2000 Server Eseutil Command Line Switches

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Summary

Exchange 2000 Server includes a utility called Eseutil that replaces the Edbutil and Eseutil utilities that are included with earlier versions of Exchange.

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The following command
C:\Program Files/Exchsrvr/BIN/>ESEUTIL /?
generates the following output information:
Microsoft(R) Exchange Server(TM) Database Utilities<BR/>
Version 6.0<BR/>
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation 1991-2000.  All Rights Reserved.

DESCRIPTION:  Maintenance utilities for Microsoft(R) Exchange Server 
databases.

MODES OF OPERATION:
      Defragmentation:  ESEUTIL /d <database name> [options]
             Recovery:  ESEUTIL /r [options]
            Integrity:  ESEUTIL /g <database name [options]
            File Dump:  ESEUTIL /m[mode-modifier] <filename>
               Repair:  ESEUTIL /p <database name [options]
              Restore:  ESEUTIL /c[mode-modifier] <path name> [options]

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D=Defragmentation, R=Recovery, G=Integrity, M=File Dump, P=Repair, C=Restore
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DEFRAGMENTATION/COMPACTION:
 DESCRIPTION:  Performs off-line compaction of a database.
      SYNTAX:  ESEUTIL /d <database name> [options]
  PARAMETERS:  <database name> - filename of database to compact
    OPTIONS:  zero or more of the following switches, separated by a space:
              /b<db>     - make backup copy under the specified name
              /t<db>     - set temp. database name default: TEMPDFRG.EDB)
              /s<file>   - set streaming file name (default: NONE) 
              /f<file>   - set temp. streaming file name (default: TEMPDFRG.STM)
              /p         - preserve temporary database (i.e., don't instate)
              /o         - suppress logo
              /i         - do not defragment streaming file
      NOTES:  1) If instating is disabled (i.e., /p), the original 
                 database is preserved uncompacted, and the temporary
                 database will contain the defragmented version of the
                 database.


RECOVERY:
 DESCRIPTION: Performs recovery, bringing all databases to a consistent state.
     SYNTAX:  ESEUTIL /r (3 character logfile base name)[options]
    OPTIONS:  zero or more of the following switches, separated by a space:
              /l<path>   - location of log files (default: current directory)
              /s<path>   - location of system files (e.g., checkpoint file)
                           (default: current directory)
              /i         - ignore mismatched/missing database attachments
              /o         - suppress logo

INTEGRITY:
 DESCRIPTION:  Verifies integrity of a database.
      SYNTAX:  ESEUTIL /g <database name> [options]
  PARAMETERS:  <database name> - filename of database to verify   
    OPTIONS:  zero or more of the following switches, separated by a space:
              /t<db>   - set temp. database name (default:TEMPINTEG704.EDB)
              /s<file> - set streaming file name (default: NONE)
              /f<name> - set prefix to user for name of report files
                         (default: <I>database</I>.integ.raw)   
              /o       - suppress logo
      NOTES:  1) The consistency-checker performs no recovery and always 
                 assumes that the database is in a consistent state, 
                 returning an error if this is not the case.

FILE DUMP:
 DESCRIPTION:  Generates formatted output of various database file types.
      SYNTAX:  ESEUTIL /m<mode-modifier> <filename> [options]
  PARAMETERS:  <mode-modifier>  - an optional letter designating the type 
                                  of file dump to perform. 
                                  Valid values are:
                                  h - dump database header (default)
                                  k - dump checkpoint file
                                  l - dump log file or set of logs
                                  m - dump meta-data
                                  s - dump space usage 
               <filename>       - name of file to dump.  The type of the 
                                  specified file should match the dump type 
                                  being requested.
                                  (eg. if using /mh, then <filename> must 
                                  be the name of a database. 
               OPTIONS:  zero or more of the following switches, separated by a space:
              /v         - verbose<BR/>
              /s<file>   - set streaming file name (default: NONE)
              /t <table> - dump nodes for a certain table
                           <dump modes mode only>

REPAIR:
    DESCRIPTION:  Repairs a corrupted or damaged database.
         SYNTAX:  ESEUTIL /p <database name> [options]
     PARAMETERS:  <database name> - filename of database to repair
        OPTIONS:  zero or more of the following switches, separated by a space:
                  /s<file>     - set streaming file name (default: NONE)
                  /t<db>       - set temp. database name
                                 (default: TEMPREPAIR*.EDB)
                  /f<name>     - set prefix to use for name of report files
                                 (default: <database>.integ.raw)
                  /i           - bypass the database and streaming file mismatch error
                  /g           - run integrity check before repairing
                  /createstm   - create empty streaming file if the file is missing
                  /o           - suppress logo
          NOTES:  1) Repair does not run database recovery. If a database
                     is in a "Dirty Shutdown" state it is strongly
                     recommended that before proceeding with repair,
                     recovery is first run to properly complete database
                     operations for the previous shutdown.
                  2) The /i option ignores the signature mismatch error in
                     the check phase if the database and streaming file do
                     not match each other. The database and streaming file
                     will receive new signatures in the repair phase. Without
                     using this option, repair will terminate immediately
                     once the database and streaming file mismatch error occurs.
                  3) The /g option pauses the utility for user input before
                     repair is performed if corruption is detected. This option
                     overrides /createstm and /o options.
                  4) The /createstm option is irreversible.  Once you
                     start the repair process a new streaming file will
                     be created.  Any streaming file that existed before
                     the repair will no longer work with this database.
					
For more information and related articles, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
259851 Ramifications of running the eseutil /p or edbutil /d /r command in Exchange
170091 XADM: Location of the Eseutil Utility
192185 XADM: How to Defragment with the Eseutil Utility (Eseutil.exe)

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