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    I am going to be moving 3 storage groups to new disk drives and am not clear on 1 point. In the "How can I move Exchange Databases and Logs from one disk to another in Exchange 2000/2003?" article it mentions updating the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\MSExchangeIS\ParametersSystem registry key. If I have 3 different drives and only this 1 registry entery how can I make more than 1 move?

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    Re: moving exchange database files

    I have never changed anything in the registry when moving database files. As long as you follow the process in the KB article you will be fine.
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=821915

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      Re: moving exchange database files

      Originally posted by Sembee View Post
      I have never changed anything in the registry when moving database files. As long as you follow the process in the KB article you will be fine.
      http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=821915

      Simon.
      Let me rephrase my question the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\MSExchangeIS\ParametersSystem registry key is 1 key and if I am moving databases to drives F, G and H How can I point to the new laction when there are 3 new locations?

      Thanks,
      Patrick

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        Re: moving exchange database files

        Are you planning to delete the directory that the registry key currently points to? If not then you don't need to do anything. That registry key is not database specific, it is just a key that points to a location on the server. If you really want to change it, then point at the same folder that the default database (which holds the system mailboxes etc) has been located. However as a rule I don't change it.

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          You should definitely stick to using ESM for moving databases and log files. This is the safe, recommended method. You could move them manually and then use ADSIEDIT to change the locations, but that is a story for another time. At no time have I ever modified the registry when moving Exchange related files, other than the UCE archive.

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          • #6
            Re: moving exchange database files

            I moved our databases not too long ago...

            As long as you don't delete the original folder locations you shouldn't have to make any registry changes. Just move the files using ESM.

            btw, I don't know if you'll experience the same thing, but during our move, the progress bar goes to 100% in 5mins and stays there for the duration of the entire move...which was looong time. I thought it locked up, but just left it go and it finally finished.

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              Re: moving exchange database files

              The progress bar cannot be relied upon to show the actual progress of the move. As already stated, just leave the server alone to finish the process. If the databases are big it can take a while to move them.

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              • #8
                Re: moving exchange database files

                After closer examination I noticed that the location is not the location of the stoage groups but the location of the Exchange installation. Which brings me to my next question I have an active pasive/cluster are there any addtional steps to update the passive node?

                Thanks for the input!

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