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    We ran out of space on the drive that was holding our First Storage Group. This First Storage Group contained one mailbox store and one public store. I have moved all the mailboxes to a different mailbox store on a different storage group. That has allowed me to save all the mailboxes fairly transparently. However, I'm not sure how to move the public store folders. Here is some background info as to why I am where I am now with this:

    The drive is a LUN on a SAN. After increasing the size of the LUN I ended up with an error when I used Diskpart, stating the filesystem could not be extended. My disk shows the extra 10GB in disk manager but continues to show the original size in My Computer. I used the Diskpart command EXTEND FILESYSTEM but that gave me an error as well. Because I now have a corrupted filesystem (I am receiving NTFS errors in the event viewer), I felt it was prudent to move the mailboxes to other mail stores on stable drives while I could. Now that they have been successfully moved, I want to move the storage group, including the mailbox store and the public folder store, contained within it, to a differnet drive and delete the messed up drive. I'm not sure how to go about doing this. Do I move the databases first (I have read the instructions for that) and then move the storage group SYSTEM PATH LOCATION? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanking you in advance,
    Anonpostguy

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    Re: Moving First Storage Group w/ Public folders question

    This is the instructions for moving the databases from Microsoft: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=257184

    As for the system path, I would move it, after the databases have been moved. I don't think it makes much difference, but it keeps things tidier.

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      Re: Moving First Storage Group w/ Public folders question

      I've got my finger on the button and I'm just ready to start moving the public folder database. Once that's done, I'm going to be moving the first mailstore database. A couple of quick questions before I pull the trigger: Is there anything else I should be aware of before moving the Public Mail Folder databases? Because I'm out of space on the drive it won't let me back up properly so I'm working on a wing and a prayer here. The First Mailstore Database has only a few accounts left on it. However, it houses the mailbox for the administrator account I am logged onto the server with. Can this present any problems or issues? Also, once these databases are moved there are a couple of .ifs files in the mdbdata folder. Can these be moved? Also, are there any other suggestions for backing up the databases when I have no room on the drive (i.e., unmount and many copy the files)? Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

      Thanks in advance,
      Anonpostguy

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      • #4
        Re: Moving First Storage Group w/ Public folders question

        Don't touch the IFS files. This KB article explains what those are: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=260532

        Do note that the users will be unable to use Exchange/Outlook while you move the databases.

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          Re: Moving First Storage Group w/ Public folders question

          Hi, Simon. Thanks for the info. Is there any way to move the .ifs files. I have a corrupt drive that I have to replace. Any help greatly appreciated.

          Thanks in advance,
          Anonpostguy

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          • #6
            Re: Moving First Storage Group w/ Public folders question

            You don't move the files at all.

            You will have to reboot the server and they should clear. If they don't then I wouldn't worry about them. As that article says, they are used by Exchange and it should manage them.

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            • #7
              Re: Moving First Storage Group w/ Public folders question

              I have successfully moved the databases to new drives. I have a new issue now. When I try to delete the old database files on the old drive they just reappear again after deleting. Any ideas on how I can finally delete these? Any help greatly appreciated.

              Thanks,
              Anonpostguy

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              • #8
                Re: Moving First Storage Group w/ Public folders question

                If you have moved the database files then there should be nothing in the old location. If the files are still there then it could be that something is hanging on to the files and not allowing them to be removed.

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