I currently have a 26Gb exchange message store. This is holding the data for 210 user accounts across 8 different departments in the company. I need to split this into 8 different message stores, that being one message store per department. The reson for this is to limit the time spent restoring data, data loss, and downtime in the case of databse corruption or any other problems which may occur.
What is the best way of doing this? I beleive there are programs which can be used for splitting the database. Which of these is the best to use, and do I need to copy the database to another location and then split it, stop the exchange service and do it, or can I do it while the service is running, having it copy out the sections required?
Further to this, how many databases can Exchange 2003 run at one time. Will I be ok to run 8 seperate database files for exchange, and kwill this slow the server down?