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Moving PST files to 2nd server

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In a Win 2003 domain with two Win 2003 servers, the main 2003 server runs exchange 2003 and is overloaded and has too much traffic. The exchange system git the 16 Gig limit a few years ago and I had to update the registry to expany the exchaneg db to 60 gig. It has worked fine since.

The Exchange DB is now at 50 gig and we don't have funds to upgrade exchange, so in the last few mionths I've had users move old email to their own PST files I added on the server.

The main server is filling up and I want to move those PST files to a 2nd server. Do I just move the PST files and reconenct each one into Outlook 2003/2007 seperately or is there a safer method of moving and reconnecting so no pst data is lost?
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Moving the PST's will be fine, you won't lose any data.  Make sure you disconnect the pst from outlook first as otherwise the user will get an error about not being able to find the file.  Then copy the pst's across and reconnect them to the outlook client.  Be aware that older pst files from 2003 can start corrupting around 1.8 Gb or so.
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by:zippybungle2003
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as above you are doing it the correct way, only other way i can imagine is a backup and restore to a new area.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291636

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by:Amit
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Go for GFI MailArchive Solution for long run
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by:doublestick
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If users have dedicated computers (one user uses his computer at his own desk) you might consider moving the PST files to be stored locally.  I know it doesn't exactly answer your question, but might solve your space problem overall.
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by:GillesT
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You can have a look to PSTStation Corporate (http://www.addonmail.com) that is able to move PST file from one location to another one and update user's profile
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Worked perfect
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