Move Exchange Data SBS2011 with minimal downtime

I want to move the Exchange Server Data on an SBS2011 server with minimising downtime The Exchange Store has around 300Gb of data that I want to move to a new disk and I have so far done the following:

On the disk that I want to use to expand the data store I have created a temporary Exchange Database.
Using the Exchange Management Console I have moved all mailboxes from the default Exchange database to the temporary database. This has taken several days.
I have done an offline defrag of the original database so it now contains nothing and is small.

All good so far, so the intention now is to move the Exchange Server Data to the new partition and when the Wizard has finished move all of the mailboxes back to the default database created by the SBS installation and move forward on the new larger disk.

My question is, will the SBS Wizard only recognise the default database for the purpose of moving the Exchange Server Data and ignore the new temporary database but keep the links hence reducing the move time?
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Milkybar-kidAsked:
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Milkybar-kidAuthor Commented:
I have completed the database move using the EMC as the SBS Wizard now seems to be broken from the addition of the second mailbox.
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Manikandan NarayanswamySecurity Specialist & IBM Security GuardiumCommented:
Hi,

will the SBS Wizard only recognise the default database for the purpose of moving the Exchange Server Data and ignore the new temporary database but keep the links hence reducing the move time?

SBS should reconzise both the default DB and the temp DB. So once your DB has been moved to the new disk before moving mailboxes to the OLD DB you should change the DB path to the new disk. And then move the mailboxes from the Temp DB to the OLD DB.

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Manikandan
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Manikandan NarayanswamySecurity Specialist & IBM Security GuardiumCommented:
Hi,

Refer the below link to Move the Exchange Server data to another drive

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc513977.aspx

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Manikandan
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Milkybar-kidAuthor Commented:
I'm not looking for advice on how to use the wizard. I think you can see from the depth of the question that I am familiar with that.
What I want to know is whether the wizard will just move the default database and retain the links to the already created temporary store without moving it also.
I'm hoping that the fact it is a wizard that the process has the intelligence to retain the links and that everything will run on completion of the move of the default database and then the mailboxes can be moved back to the default store.

I'm afraid the use of the word "should" in an answer does not give me the confidence to go ahead. I'm assuming that the wizard "should" do this but I am seeking clarification from an expert who can give a definitive answer.
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Manikandan NarayanswamySecurity Specialist & IBM Security GuardiumCommented:
Hi,

When you say links what exactly are you referring too. Do you mean to say that moving the default DB is going to change the temp DB and log files path.

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Manikandan
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Milkybar-kidAuthor Commented:
I just need to know that the move of the exchange data will only affect the default database and not any additional databases that have been created and mailboxes moved to the temporary store will still be available when the wizard completes?
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Manikandan NarayanswamySecurity Specialist & IBM Security GuardiumCommented:
Hi,

Yes absolutely moving the exchange data only going to affect the default database it's not going to affect any other Db created on the exchange server.

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Manikandan
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Milkybar-kidAuthor Commented:
It would appear that creating another mailbox database and moving the contents of the default database breaks the SBS Wizard because when I try to relocate the database I get a message

"You cannot use the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard Console to move the Exchange Server data"

"You may have used the Exchange Server Management Console to perform advanced configuration tasks. For information about how to reconfigure move your data using the Exchange Server Console, see the documentation for Exchange Server."
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Milkybar-kidAuthor Commented:
There was no solutions forthcoming to enable a move of a database whilst retaining the functions of the SBS data move Wizards. It would appear this is not possible but was not stated in answers and so I had to find out from using Google how to do this.
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