Need to point our M: (my virtual Exchange drive) to different physical Drive
Posted on 2004-08-03
For reasons I won't bother to expound on (other than the fact that I'm fixing a tech company's poor design decisions), we are running out of room on our Exchange (M:) drive. Our M: drive actually points to our physical C: drive. This is also my system drive, so things are not looking very bright at the moment. We have less than 300 megabytes left, so I need to do something soon. We have another drive that will house our Exchange store nicely. It has over 30 gigs of free space, and will probably stay fairly free for a while.
I know I am touching a dangerous thing when I start messing with Exchange's virtual drive, so my questions are as follows:
#1: What is the best way to point the virtual drive to a different drive (such as my E drive which has 30 gigs of free space)? If pointing it to a different drive isn't the answer to my space problem, then what is? I can't just tell people to delete their old e-mail. Much of that old e-mail is used for important business.
#2: Once I have made the change I am assuming people's folders (such as their "Deleted Items") will be empty since the drive will be pointing to a different physical drive. In order for them to access their old stuff do I need to physically copy and paste the contents of our Exchange store to the new drive?
I know I am playing with fire, but we NEED to do SOMETHING! I guess to summarize, we are running out of space for our Exchange mailbox store. I have other drives with plenty of space. How do I fix this problem with the least amount of impact on my users (not to mention my server!)?