[ExchangeList] Re: relocating storage location

  • From: "Steve Moffat" <steve@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2006 12:48:43 -0300

If you are managing an Exchange server, or any mail server for that reason, 
then you should know something about it. Hence the RTFM comment. READ THE FINE 
MAANUAL, commonly known as help, F1 etc.

This is a very basic and recommended action and is well documented in the 
online help.

A mail admin should know why he is moving mailboxes between stores.


From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jabber Wock
Sent: Monday, October 09, 2006 11:12 AM
To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ExchangeList] Re: relocating storage location

Hello Steve,

All I can say to that is, RTFQ ("Q" stands for "Question").  Or maybe you did 
not know the answer yourself but wanted to act big and macho on Monday morning, 
so decided "why not start of by putting someone down", makes you feel real big 

Best regards

On 10/9/06, Steve Moffat <steve@xxxxxxxxxx<mailto:steve@xxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:

Basic Exchange Admin stuff. If you don't know you should really rtfm...


From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
 On Behalf Of Jabber Wock
Sent: Monday, October 09, 2006 10:12 AM

To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [ExchangeList] Re: relocating storage location


I did finally get it to work, and made an interesting discovery which left me 
scratching my head a little.

I had gone into the properties of the STORE (not the Mailbox) and changed the 
location.  As I stated, that went by too fast and claimed to have completed 
successfully but nothing actually was moved.

So I poked around and poked around, and then I noticed that the properties on 
the MAILBOX itself (not the store) were still displaying the old locations (!). 
 So, I changed these manually.  Sure enough, this did start the automatic 
mailbox migration I had been expecting, and it took about 40 minutes to move 
7GB but all went well, and at the end of this process the EDB and STM files 
magically appeared in the new location and disappeared from the old location.  
Everything checked out OK and was running normally.

So what has me still scratchibng my head is:  why is it necessary to move the 
Store *AND* the Mailbox individually?  Indeed, what does it mean exactly, to 
have the Store in one location but the Mailbox in another?  If the system 
allows for these two entities to be specified independently, this implies that 
it is meaningful to have the "Store" on, say, drive P and the "mailboxes" on 
some pther drive, say "Q".  If so, what would there be on drive P?  Not the 
transaction logs nor the SMTP logs, because those are specified independently 
too.  So what is the point of specifying the location for the store locations 
independently of the mailbox locations?

If anyone has come across a situation where this level of separation is 
meaningful, I would love to hear it, just so I might learn something.



On 10/9/06, Rick Boza <rickb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:rickb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>> 

Actually it should do the move automatically - you have some other problem 
going on there.

From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
 On Behalf Of Evan Mann
Sent: Saturday, October 07, 2006 8:24 PM
To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [ExchangeList] Re: relocating storage location

I don't think ESM moves them for you.  Every time I've moved a store I 
dismounted them, manually moved the files, and remounted using the new 


 On Behalf Of Jabber Wock
Sent: Saturday, October 07, 2006 7:58 AM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [ExchangeList] relocating storage location

Hi all,

On a Exchange 2003 server, I am trying to move one Storage Area from one drive 
to another.  So I went into the ESM, properties of the Storage Area, and 
changed the location from the old drive to the new drive (having created the 
necessary empty folder tree on the new drive where I wanted the storage storage 
database files to be moved to.  The DB files are about 4G and 2G in size (EDB 
and STM).

As expected, I got a message that the database will be dismounted, is it OK?  I 
said OK.  The database got dismounted in a few seconds, then got remounted a 
few seconds later, with a "success" message.  So far so good.  In fact, too 
good, since I expected a 7GB move to take more that 2-3 seconds!

Sure enough, on checking, the DB files are still in the old location.  The new 
drive is not showing any EDB or STM files but there is a tiny tmp.edb file 
there.  However the ESM is showing all the mailboxes, and as far as I can tell, 
all users are also able to see all their mailboxes as before, no issues.

So when do the database files get physically moved?  or did I jave to 
physically move them myself??!!

TIA and Best regards


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