[ExchangeList] How do you split up datastores

  • From: "Taylor, George" <GTaylor@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2007 10:11:34 -0700

OK, we're finally at a point of designing our Exchange 2007 deployment.
We're currently 2000 running on 3 servers and using 4 datastores.  There
are 2 of the datastores that are larger than we want and will obviously
continue to grow.  I'm thinking of going to 6 or more datastores, but
can't decide on exactly how to split things up.
Currently we have the following stores:
    Server 1
        Main Users
        Main Users (VIP)
    Server 2
        Remote Users
        Remote Users (VIP)
    OWA Server
They are basically just like they sound, Main Users are those in this
city, Remote are those outside of this city, total of about 5500
mailboxes.  I just want to hear how others are managing this.  I'm
hoping this can turn into a dialog that can help a lot of us.
1.  Do you bother naming the stores to match who is in it?
2.  Do you limit the number of users in a store?
3.  Do you limit the size of a store?
4.  Do you limit the number of stores or storage groups on a single
5.  How do you tell your Operations Team what store to put new users in?
6.  Anything else you want to include.
George Taylor
Systems Programmer
Regional Health Inc.
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