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  • How to split stores - Exchange 2003?

    Hi,

    Is there a definitive article on how to split stores in Exchange 2003?

    Thanks, Ben

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    Re: How to split stores - Exchange 2003?

    store???


    are you talking about maiboxes???

    Rgds

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    • #3
      Re: How to split stores - Exchange 2003?

      you can move mailboxes to another mailbox store using the move mailbox wizard. An article on the use of it can be found here:

      http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/...ox_Wizard.html

      It is important to note that no more then 4 can be moved at one time.

      I do not know of a way to do this more efficiently but this should do what you're looking for.
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      • #4
        Re: How to split stores - Exchange 2003?

        You can't really split stores.
        All that you can do is move users out of one store in to another.
        However if you do that what you will find is the physical size of the store will not change - because Exchange doesn't work in that way. To get the store to physically reduce in size you would have to carry out an offline defrag - which would take a lot of time and the server is completely unavailable while it is done.

        Therefore if you are looking to take a 100gb store and reduce it to 50gb stores then what I would suggest is that you create TWO new stores and move everything. Be sure to "move" any mailboxes that have never been used (so do not appear in the mailbox list in the store). Then drop the default store through ESM (which will tell you if you have missed any accounts). After doing so, restart the information store service. This will regenerate the system mailboxes.
        By creating two stores and dropping the original you have minimum downtime and not have to worry about doing an offline defrag.

        Also check that if you have assigned a default Address Book and Default Public Folder store on each Storage Group/Mailbox Store before you move anything. That will ensure everything works as it did.

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        • #5
          Re: How to split stores - Exchange 2003?

          Thanks for the reply Simon, I think you've answered my query.

          Basically we have some stores which have grown huge (250GB!) and say for the store which has surnames B, I want to split this into BA-BL / BM-BZ.
          I was planning just to create another store and move the BM-BZ users into that, but from reading your thread that won't work.

          So what I need to is for each store which needs maintenance, create two new stores, then move all users BA-BL into one of those stores and then the rest (BM-BZ) into the 2nd new store.

          Is that correct?

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          • #6
            Re: How to split stores - Exchange 2003?

            That is what I am suggesting that you do.
            The alternative is to try and get a 250gb store to reduce in size via an offline defrag. Offline defrag processes at between 1 and 4gb per hour (hardware dependant) and requires all Exchange services on the server to be stopped while it is doing it. Therefore you are looking at a downtime of at least 2 and half days on fast hardware.

            Simon.
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            • #7
              Re: How to split stores - Exchange 2003?

              Hi,

              yep!!


              Thats the way you can split mailbox store, since you have exchange enterprise version you can create 4 store in sigle storage group, so before moving the mailboxes take a concurrent decision whther you need 2 or 4 mailbox store...


              and you maitainance part (if in future if you want to run offline defrag) your minimal users will be get effected.


              Rgds

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