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Changing the location of exchange server 2003 client mailboxes

Posted on 2006-06-05
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Last Modified: 2010-04-03
We have a small office of only 5 employees, we just recently got a new SBS and I'm not much of a "system admin".

I'm looking to move the user mailboxes to a different drive. As they stand now, they're located on the C: drive along with all the system files and I don't want that. I want the mailboxes, public folders, and all around mail storage to be on another drive.

My question is, how do I go about doing this, I'm assuming I go to the Exchange System Manager > Server > "First Storage Group" > Properties and change the Transaction log location & System path location, right? wrong?

Also what might be some pitfalls, issues, or conflicts to look out for while doing this?

~ Ryan
Question by:junks2001
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Move Log Files:
Start Exchange System Manager.
Locate the Administrative Group.
Open the properties on the Storage Group for which you want to change log file paths.
On the General tab, change the Transaction Log Location by clicking Browse, and then specifying a new drive or directory location for the log files.

Move Databases:
Start Exchange System Manager.
Locate the Administrative Group.
Under the Storage Group, click the Mailbox or Public Folder Store that you want to change.
Open the properties on that store, and click the Database tab.
Choose a new location for the databases by clicking Browse, and specifying a new drive or directory location for the database files. With the databases, you can choose to move the Exchange Database (.edb file), Exchange Streaming Database (.stm file) or both. If the databases are still mounted, you receive the following message:
          You are about to perform the following operation(s):
          -change Exchange database location
          To perform the requested operation(s), the store must be temporarily dismounted which will make it inaccessible to any user.
          Do you want to continue?
Click Yes to dismount the database automatically and move the location.
When you finish moving the databases, remount the databases manually.

Before attempting this, or any other major config change, back up everything.  Then, back it up again.

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