Migrating Exchange Mailbox database physical location into new drive without changing names and minimal outage ?


I'm using Exchange Server 2010 SP3 and one of my Exchange Mailbox Database drive is almost full with just 1 GB free disk space, Log files is on separate drive so not an issue here.

How to change the EDBFilepath from F:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Mailbox\SiteOffice3 into H:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Mailbox\SiteOffice3

My understanding is that I need to dismount the mailbox DB and then cut & paste the content of the old drive into the new drive (not just the .EDB file) ?

but not sure what other steps that I need to know to ensure I can mount it with no issue ?

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Stelian StanIT Services ManagerCommented:
To move the database first you have to unmount it then run:
Move-DatabasePath -Identity 'Database1' -EdbFilePath 'D:\NewFolder\Database1.edb'

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You can also use the GUI: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd351168(v=exchg.141).aspx
Stelian StanIT Services ManagerCommented:
Here is also another step by step example: http://exchangeserverpro.com/move-exchange-2010-database-folder/
Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
ok, so I do not need to change the log settings right ?
I assume the downtime will only affect the mailbox under the migrated mailbox DB only ?
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Stelian StanIT Services ManagerCommented:
Is up to you if you want to move the logs. If you have enough space on the logs partition then I will not touch the logs.
That's right, only the mailboxes that reside under that database will be affected during the move process.
AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
Better you create new db on new drive and move the mailboxes. This way you won't have any downtime for users. Once mailboxes are moved, you can delete this db and create a fresh db again. Use it for future mailboxes.

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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Thanks !
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