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    How to move Exchange?

    An Exchange Server 2003 installation on Windows Server 2003 has been "inherited", and the disk where it lives is running out of space. The relevant disk partition is a mere 10 GB in size [no, I have no Idea why the <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> who set this up chose such a small size!], free space is 2 GB, PRIV1.EDB is 1.82 GB, PRIV1.STM is 806 MB. There is plenty of free space on another disk partition on the server.

    It would seem logical to "move" the Exchange installation (or just the MDBDATA subdirectory) onto this larger partition, but being quite spectacularly ignorant of Exchange, I would appreciate advice from someone who knows this area well.

    Is there any recommended procedure to move Exchange to another partition? Could ESEutil be of any use here?

    I've looked at this procedure - would you be happy following it? Any clues about how long it might take for this database size?

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    Re: How to move Exchange?

    I've done this when I first set up my Exchange server. The article you cited seems to be what I did. Change the paths on the Store's property page, dismount the store, move the database files manually, and then remount the store. Right-Click on the store to mount and dismount.


    I wouldn't touch ESEUtil unless under the supervision of PSS.

    If you can manage it, it's a good choice to have the log files and the database on completely different disk spindles. It's better for performance and recovery.

    Speaking of, now is a real good time to check to make sure you are getting good backups of your database. NTbackup on Windows server with Exchange installed is Exchange-aware enough to be able to back up the private store and public store while they are open (and to delete the log files after a succesful backup).

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    Re: How to move Exchange?

    Jim

    Thanks for the encouragement!

    Some of the columnists and the Microsoft Technet articles speak very highly of ESEutil!

    Sadly we have just the one 200-odd GB SCSI hard disk, but an unusual number of partitions. Even the Page File has been put in its own partition at the end of the physical hard disk (neat move, that...). What was wrong with having three partitions: Windows system/boot disk / Exchange / other user files ?

    We use NTBackup for backups (hello BackupExec!) so I'm pleased to learn it is Exchange-aware... But i still can't get it to free up the tape used on the same weekday last week without doing it manually...

    Thanks again

    John

    PS The authoritative Microsoft Technet article appears to be <!mskb=821915>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 821915<!/mskb>, which contains come comments about setting permissions on the target folders....
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    Re: How to move Exchange?

    It's just the ESEUtil is such a powerful utility, many folks think that it's best left in the holster until you are in a critical situation and nothing else will help.

    Unfortunately, those extra partitions don't get you anything in terms of performance. In fact, I'm told large Exchange systems can benefit from 3 sets of disks, One for the OS swap file, one for the log files, and one for the database.

    I've always used NTBackup to back up my exchange dbs. It doesn't have a lot of features, but with backup programs, that can be a good thing. I usually try to use it mostly from the command line. And speaking of backup, You need to read the Disaster Recovery Whitepapers. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechn...isrecopgde.mspx

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    Re: How to move Exchange?

    JIm

    Thanks for that reference. Very valuable -- and probably a quick five-minute read!

    With a mere twenty (mostly part-time) users, I don't think we have huge performance problems, and no, I've never seen Exchange being run on a 512 MB Domain Controller - which does everything else as well - before (my previous installation had 2500 users and several Exchange cluster servers, and Exchange specialists to play with it all...!).

    Thanks again!

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