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Moving Exchange 2003 EDN and STM files to external drive

We are in a temporary bind.  Have Exchange 2003 on a separate Windows 2003 server from our windows 2003 domain controller.   The Exchange 2003 server is old and we are going to migrate to a new server box with Windows 2008 server and Exchange 2010, but not for a few months.

We are almost out of space on the 36GB Exchange 2003 server.  The log files are getting removed after backups with Backup Exec. It is the large EDB and STM files that are eating space.  

Can the EDB and STM files be moved to an external 500GB USB drive as a temporary, 2 months maybe, solution??

Is it possible and what will be the performance hit is so?

We only have 15 users and the big issue is the owners uses a MAC that gets mail from the Exchange server but does not log into the network.  He keeps thousands and thousands of old emails and sent emails.  We have tried to get him to clean up but he doesn't want to and as mentioned he is the boss.

Can this be done and how?

Thanks
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djsharmaCommented:
Yes ,It is possible but it is not recommended.
You need to change the location of database and transcation logs path from EMC.
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Exchange_GeekCommented:
We only have 15 users and the big issue is the owners uses a MAC that gets mail from the Exchange server but does not log into the network.  He keeps thousands and thousands of old emails and sent emails.  We have tried to get him to clean up but he doesn't want to and as mentioned he is the boss.

My best point here - WHY to end up in a catch-22 situation. Yes, the attached hard disk would help - but it would eventually give away to performance issues.

Your best bet in this scenario, is extracting PST from your server and provide it to your folks, mount an empty database once that is done.

Next, you could use these PST to import them into E2010 OR my suggestion let these great people own these PST locally. You'll have lesser data once you mount blank store so your E2010 migration would be done in a day's time MAX.

However, I'd leave the decision to you to work with PST or External HDD.

Ref:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/exchangesvrgeneral/thread/edcaf82d-5fa9-4251-aa03-cf810d8d48eb

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=328879
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to2007Author Commented:
ok

can i make copies of the database and the log files and then chagne the location and there is a performance problem can i move back or restore the copies?

Is it not recommended due to potential performance issues or potential corrutpption  and blow up of the whole thing, or both?

Where in EMC and how do it get repathed?  I will check as soon as have a chance.
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to2007Author Commented:
as far as extracting PST etc,  i don't have the luxury of time. I will be away for a month shortly and don't know for sure how to extract the PST and move it to Exchange 2010 etc until i cann get back and review all that.

I just need a temp solution unitl i get back. At this point the performnce issue that eventually may happen are not as bad as the drive running  out of space whiel i am 2000 miles away :(

What exactly could happen perfromacne wise?  Just slow down email or blow up all toghter and be just as bad as no disk space?

I know this is not the best fix but just looking for help to get by for a month or so.

thanks
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Exchange_GeekCommented:
@djsharma - possibly thought you're working with E2007 or E2010 that is why he/she referred to EMC.

It is ESM - Exchange system manager

You'd need to go to the mailbox store properties - database tab - browse and select new location and click on OK and Exchange would itself start moving the database

Ref: MS Article

OR there is a behind-the-door method.

You'll need to dismount your stores, go to ADSIEDIT and manually change the attributes for database (EDB AND STM), recycle information store service (with database in dismounted state checkbox checked) - copy database to the new location. Mount stores.

Ref: MS Article

Regards,
Exchange_Geek
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Kernel_Recovery_ToolsCommented:
Please follow this link http://support.microsoft.com/kb/821915
it would help you.
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Exchange_GeekCommented:
@Kernel_Recovery_Tools: The article that you provided and the one that i gave, have the same steps linked to it.

Regards,
Exchange_Geek
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cmlbaeteCommented:
I am not adding anythin new here but I would not use a USB storage device for storing Exchange databases. It holds to high a risk for one thing and even getting one with 2 mirrored drives would not be ideal.

From reading the posts here I would go with Exchange geek's comment:

you could use these PST to import them into E2010 OR my suggestion let these great people own these PST locally. You'll have lesser data once you mount blank store so your E2010 migration would be done in a day's time MAX.

This seems to be a better solution and although each user has their data local it far better than having a huge database on a single USB drive. Also as he says its only for a day so far less risk time.
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