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Moving databases - 11.Feb.2008 11:57:23 AM   


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My priv1.edb and priv1.stm combined are 30GB.
The drive they reside on is only 32GB and they keep unmounting.
Can I move these two files to another data server, not an exchange server, but a server with enough drive capacity to keep them running. I'm 2 weeks out on replacing the Exchange 2003 server with a new Exchange 2007 server.
I have been doing some reading on this, one KB article it seems as simple as unmounting the stores and copying the files to the new location and then changing the pointer with System administrator. Another says I need to redirect all my mailboxes.
Which is it if it's at all possible?
Thanks,  Pete
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RE: Moving databases - 11.Feb.2008 1:21:32 PM   


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Hiya Pete,
You will not be able to use the databases across a mapped network drive (which is what I think you are suggesting) - also you would normally allow for the Exchange System Manager to move the databases and Transaction logs.
There might be other options open to you given your situation - for example;

1. Do you have the option of adding some more storage to your Exchange server as a temp measure?

2. Although I would not normally recommend this - have you considered an offline defrag - have a look in your Application Event log for ID 1221 how much free space is being reported (consider this as a last resort) - if it is enough then you could defrag the database.

3. Are the Transaction Logs for the Database on the same drive?




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RE: Moving databases - 12.Feb.2008 7:59:28 AM   


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Thanks for the reply.
Adding drive space at this point is not an option.
I ran a off line defrag about a month ago, only cleaned up a small amount.

Is there a way to set a policy to archive messages and store them archive file on another server?
Force it into a persons personal data store on their home server?

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RE: Moving databases - 12.Feb.2008 8:40:52 AM   


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You can use mailbox manager policy to limit and report the mailbox usage based on size and age of messages.

You can then have them restrict send/receive emails when mailbox reaches certain limit and have them move messages to .PST files on their home drives.

See the link below on how to configure.




Microsoft PSS - X Team Leader - Messaging

Have you ever run ExBPA on your Exchange server ? (Exchange Best Practises Analyzer)
Download from ExBPA.com

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