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exchange 2003 bridgehead server with mailbox store

Posted on 2009-04-01
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i have an exchange 2003 bridgehead server.  it has a mailbox store on it that i believe is installed by default.  since we keep no mailboxes on it, can it be deleted?  does the bridgehead functionality depend on it in any way?

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If you mean a frontend server, then if email flows through it then a store is required.

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this is not a front end server.  this is where all smtp mail in and out flow to first.  all of our connectors point here.
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You can only remove stores from a frontend server.
If email flows through it then you cannot remove the store at all.

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i have had the store dismounted for some time now and it works fine.  do you still stick by that statement?

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That is my understanding of the behaviour of Exchange 2003. A store is required to be mounted. It is in the Frontend/Backend white paper (which is effectively what you are doing, even if you haven't made the server a frontend).

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822443

"If the front-end server accepts Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) mail from the Internet, you must start the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service, and mount at least one private information store. In certain situations (most notably, the generation of non-delivery reports), the SMTP service requires the store to perform a conversion."

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this explains it.  thanks.
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