Does SBS2003 allow User data to be kept on other than the primary volume (i.e. C: drive)?

Posted on 2006-04-21
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
Have a new server set up on which we have one 160GB 'program/system' disk and one 300GB 'data' disk - in fact we have four disk drives in total as these are both mirrored.

I wish to configure all server-based data - including all Users 'network' drives on the data drive.

Installed SBS2003 for the first time (ever) and have managed to apparently move the Exchange Mailboxes across to the data (D:) drive but cannot see where / how to move the User data area across.

Anybody able to enlighten me please?

The user data areas have not been populated yet - so we can trash things if necessary.

I'm sure the question is not a difficult one for anyone who knows the answer - but I would appreciate understanding the situation by tomorrow lunch - hence the points.

Many thanks
Question by:sqlweb2
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    are you talking about moving a network share or exchange public folders?

    I found this info on another site on moving a exchange store

    The simplest approach is to not struggle with reinstalling Exchange, rather just move the Exchange Information Store(s) from the C drive to the D drive during your next scheduled downtime. I recommend you perform a full backup prior to the move, just in case there is a copy error, and again after the move, because any prior backups cannot be restored once moved.

    To move a store, use Exchange System Manager to navigate to the desired IS. Right click Properties and select the Database tab. From there, for the .EDB portion of the file, create a new folder on D. Repeat for the .STM portion of the file. When you click apply, the store will be dismounted, the data moved and the store restarted on completion.
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    There is even a text about it:
    Moving Data Folders for Windows Small Business Server 2003
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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    Zadkin's recommendation is the way to go... but just to add to that, the reason the "user data areas" haven't been populated yet is because you haven't run the "My Documents Folder Redirection" wizard yet.  This will create a GPO that moves each user's My Documents folder from their workstation to the \\<servername>\USERS\%USERNAME% folder.

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    Many thanks to all three of you for your rapid comments.

    Zadkin's pointer to the MS document is (it looks like at least!) exactly what we need.

    TechSoEasy - thanks for the supporting comment - but the reason they are not yet populated is because we haven't set up any users (other than test ones) yet ;-)
    I was just trying to say that we can trash things if necessary / easiest course of action - and start again.

    So - points to zadkin - thanks again.

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