How to setup Exchange 2010 Mailbox Database on Remote Server

Posted on 2010-09-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I am trying to setup a mailbox database on an extra server we have here specifically for archiving purposes.  Is there a way to create a database on a network drive? Or how can i go about doing this? We purchased the drives specifically for this machine and this purpose.
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SHIELD1 earned 500 total points
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You can setup the database anywhere you like even to an external drive however I cannot say for certain whether you can use mapped drives.  Take note that running archive databases on an external drive is one thing but putting your main database externally may afect performance.  See attached:

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You can place the database anywhere, just make sure that the network drive is always accessible. In the Exchange Management console, go to Server Configuration --> Mailbox, click on the mailbox database(and the public folders if you wanna move those, too), and click "Move Database Path". Proceed to move it to werever you like.

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It is giving me an error saying it needs to be a fixed drive. It is only archives for a journaling mailbox.
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OK, you can trick the computer into thinking that the location is local by creating a junction point on the existing drive to the network drive. So if you create a junction point on the C: drive called "NewLocation" and point it to a network drive path, like "x:\NewLocation", the computer will think t at it's using a folder on the C: drive, when in fact it's on the X:\ drive. You can use a free program called Link Magic to doit;

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happy to hear you resolved this issue and many thanks for the points!

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