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Moving Exchange 2010 databases to another server

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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?
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the console should show the owner of the DB - i think if you use the Organisation config you can see if there.

you might get some small interrupts in mailbox availability but it should be small as the users mailbox redirects,

there are some powershell cmds that will help you identify the PAM/SAM

http://blogs.technet.com/b/timmcmic/archive/2010/05/25/exchange-2010-cluster-core-resources-the-replication-service-and-active-manager.aspx
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