Moving Exchange 2010 databases to another server
Posted on 2011-10-24
We have one DAG spread over two AD sites. The DAG contains a number of Exchange 2010 mailbox servers and databases.
Over the weekend, I need to take down one of the servers for an amount of time. This server is called Exch2010_2. If I go to the EMC > Mailbox, and I filter on "Mounted on Server", then I can see that there are databases mounted on this server.
Also, if I go to EMC > Servers > Exchange2010_2, then I can see within the Database Copies that some of the DB's are "Is Active = TRUE".
So I had some questions:
1. Is this the best way to find out if an Exchange 2010 server has active databases?
2. If I wanted to set another copy of these databases as active, so that I can bring this server down, what's the best way to do this?
3. Will the above result in any downtime?
4. How does PAM/SAM fit into servers that I need to work on? Before I bring a server down, how can I check if it's the PAM/SAM?