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Best way to setup databases in exch 2010 for many departments without running out dr letters

What would be the best way to setup databases and drive letters when we have a lot of departments that we will be setting up their own db for each department, without running out of drive letters?
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
I personally like separating it out by First Name initial. So it would look like below...
DB1 = A-D_Users
DB2 = E-J_Users
DB3 = K-P_Users
etc...

Depending on the version of Exchange you are using you are limited to the number of database on a single mailbox server. Standard is 5 database per mailbox server and Enterprise is 100.

If you want to break it out by department you could setup multiple mailbox servers and add database based on each department.

So..
MBX1 = Accounting-DB, HR-DB, IT-DB
MBX2 = Marketing-DB, Sales-DB etc

This way you will not run into drive letter issues if you have multiple mailbox servers.

Will.
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EEhotlineCommented:
Let's see, there are 26 letters in the alphabet. You can divide them into group of 2, 3 or 4, like A-D, E-H, etc... then you can set up the department's database in each drive, then you won't be running out of drive letters. :) That's what I am doing for my exchange now.
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vmichAuthor Commented:
Well the plan is to have 2 mailbox servers setup. There will be many departments and we wont have any db larger than 150GB. So if they have say 30 departments spread all over, how would I set these up?
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vmichAuthor Commented:
I stand corrected on my info..
There will be about 60 locations not departments. So what would be the best way to set this up trying to keep the dbs around 150GB, so things not get out of control, between 2 mailbox server?
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EEhotlineCommented:
I would set up something like this if it were me:

Drive1-Database1: department 1-3
Drive2-Database2: department 4-6
etc...

Whatever you want to set up, it's all come down to the point: easier/faster for us to backup/restore (in case something goes wrong)

Cheers,
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vmichAuthor Commented:
That's why we don't want any of the dbs to be larger than 150GB so I guess I am not sure how I would set his up between 2 servers with about 60 locations thus keeping all in the 150Gb range or am I missing something here?
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vmichAuthor Commented:
PLus these will be setup in a DAG eventually
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vmichAuthor Commented:
So I guess what I will do is setup like this:
 Drive1 = put multiple 150GB databases on here
Drive 2 = same
Drive 3 = same
Drive 4 = same
Until I get all 60 dbs setup for each location.
Does this look correct?
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EEhotlineCommented:
That looks good to me, I have it setup something like that too but bigger db's size, 250gb ea :) and they are in a DAG
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vmichAuthor Commented:
Ok thanks for all the info...
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vmichAuthor Commented:
I do have one more question eehotline,,
What about the logs folder?
If setup the way I mentioned about, do I have to setup separate log folders for each database that I create?
How do you have yours setup for the logs?
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vmichAuthor Commented:
Never mind on the logs thing, I got it..
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vmichAuthor Commented:
One other question for all please...
Since storage groups are no longer, then if I need to create 65 databases, in exchange 2010 is the only way is to create each db via the EMC and then place them in separate folders on the disk via the path settings when creating the db?
So once complete, I would have 65 dbs showing in the EMC, correct or is this wrong?
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EEhotlineCommented:
You can create the mailbox datase via EMC or EMS and yes, they will appear in EMC. For that many databases, creating them in EMS is better and faster. That's a lot of databases :(
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vmichAuthor Commented:
Yes I knew I could create them via either EMC or EMS, I was just questioning if setting them up the way I mentioned above it the best and only way when the client has this many dbs?
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vmichAuthor Commented:
dbs setup
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