[ExchangeList] Re: move database

  • From: "Rick Boza" <rickb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 13:53:18 -0400

If you have 3 databases, I am assuming you have Exchange Enterprise -
you have a lot more flexibility here.  Moving a database will impact
your users insomuch as they won't have access to the mailbox store while
the move is going on.  Certainly be sure you have a good backup before


The move itself is simple enough - you basically just tell Exchange
where to move it, and it should happen automatically.  See
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/257184/en-us for a nice walkthrough.
Don't manually try moving anything or you will make Exchange unhappy.


On another note, if you have that much free space in the existing DBs,
something else is chewing up your space (remember that white space is
used by new mail before the store should continue to grow).  You
certainly could consider an offline defrag with that much white space -
especially the one with 20 gigs.  


It's really not a big operation to do the move - but better that you are
really familiar with the steps before undertaking them.  Best of luck!


From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Yu, Joy
Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2006 1:37 PM
To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ExchangeList] Re: move database




I saw you have helped a lot of people.  Thanks for your questions and
any input.


I have exchange 2000.  The current drive has three database plus all the
log files.  The total space is 60GB.  Now just has 5GB left.  The
database I plan to move has 10GB .edb file and 3GB .stm file.  The new
drive has 70GB total and has 37GB free.


This is a very old server.  I haven't done offline defragmentation for
years.  Depends on most people from our group and the other resource, I
feel I'd better not to do it.  Correct me if I'm wrong.  I did find in
the EventViewer, the eventide 1221, I have 7GB, 20GB, 8GB free space for
three databases.





From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Rick Boza
Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2006 1:17 PM
To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ExchangeList] Re: move database


What version of Exchange?  Depending on the answer to that, you are
either moving the entire database to the new, bigger drive, or you could
be adding an additional mailbox store and just moving that mailbox.


Really need a bit more info - how big is the drive your database is
currently on and how big is your target?


What caused you to run out of space?  Was it just the Exchange database,
or log files, or something else entirely?


From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Yu, Joy
Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2006 1:07 PM
To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ExchangeList] move database


I need to move one of the mailboxes to a different drive since the
current one doesn't have enough space.  Microsoft has several articles
tell I need to change the database location.  What should I do with the
database file on the current drive?  If the answer is move the new
drive, will it be overwrite? 


I'm sure this is a very easy question for most of you.  I have searched
on google.  I haven't got the answer yet.  Thanks for your input!    



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