Configuring Exchange Server DAG mailbox replication to different drive on each server ?

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Hi All,

I'm on Exchange Server 2013 SP1 Standard edition running DAG for 2x Mailboxes server on IP-less configuration as per http://msexchangeguru.com/2014/03/21/e2013sp1-ip-less-dag/

However, I cannot seems to modify the path for the replica copy of the Database in the passive server to point to the different drive letters ?

Data Center 1
PRODMBX1-VM - Mailbox Server
Active DB:
Mailbox-DB1 Path D:\Mailbox-DB\1 for both logs & database
Mailbox-DB3 Path E:\Mailbox-DB\3 for both logs & database
Mailbox-DB5 Path F:\Mailbox-DB\5 for both logs & database

Passive DB:
Mailbox-DB2 Path G:\Mailbox-DB\2 for both logs & database
Mailbox-DB4 Path H:\Mailbox-DB\4 for both logs & database

Data Center 2
PRODMBX2-VM - Mailbox Server
Active DB:
Mailbox-DB2 Path E:\Mailbox-DB\2 for both logs & database
Mailbox-DB4 Path F:\Mailbox-DB\4 for both logs & database

Passive DB:
Mailbox-DB1 Path G:\Mailbox-DB\1 for both logs & database
Mailbox-DB3 Path H:\Mailbox-DB\3 for both logs & database
Mailbox-DB5 Path I:\Mailbox-DB\5 for both logs & database

How to change the destination of the replica copy ?
and is it possible to delay the mailbox Database replication so that it can be done after hours only one mailbox DB at a time ?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
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Commented:
path to database files need to be identical on both servers
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Commented:
As Jakob states, the database and log file paths must match on each DAG member.  If you need to change the location of where the replicated DB and logs reside, you must remove the database copies, move the DB and log paths, and then re-add the database copies.

So, your paths should be similar the following...

Data Center 1
PRODMBX1-VM - Mailbox Server
Active DB: 
Mailbox-DB1 Path D:\Mailbox-DB\1 for both logs & database
Mailbox-DB3 Path E:\Mailbox-DB\3 for both logs & database
Mailbox-DB5 Path F:\Mailbox-DB\5 for both logs & database

Passive DB:
Mailbox-DB2 Path G:\Mailbox-DB\2 for both logs & database
Mailbox-DB4 Path H:\Mailbox-DB\4 for both logs & database

Data Center 2
PRODMBX2-VM - Mailbox Server
Active DB:
Mailbox-DB2 Path G:\Mailbox-DB\2 for both logs & database
Mailbox-DB4 Path H:\Mailbox-DB\4 for both logs & database

Passive DB: 
Mailbox-DB1 Path D:\Mailbox-DB\1 for both logs & database
Mailbox-DB3 Path E:\Mailbox-DB\3 for both logs & database
Mailbox-DB5 Path F:\Mailbox-DB\5 for both logs & database

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Thanks all.
I guess there is no other way to set it up with different drive letters in DAG config.

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