Preparing to move exchange store to another partition

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Mike, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Hi everyone,

    SBS 2003 R2 single nic w/ exchange running

    I inherited an SBS domain and the exchange store path was set to reside on
    the OS partition. Well, we are nearing D-day with only 800mb of space left
    on the OS parition. I have the KB article on how to change the path already.
    Is there anything I should be concerned about when attempting this process?
    This process seems painless until problems start occuring. If anyone has
    done this successfully or encountered problems or things to watch out for,
    I'd really appreciate the feedback. Thanks so much in advance.
    Mike, Apr 10, 2008
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  2. Hi Mike:

    I usually restart the server before I make any serious changes. I want to
    be sure the event logs are clean. You do not say what SP is installed, but
    this might be the right time to bring those up to date as well, particulary
    Exchange SP2.

    There are a few more things that can be moved from the system partition. If
    you need/want more space and we can give you more things to move.
    Larry Struckmeyer, Apr 10, 2008
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  3. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Hi Larry,

    My apologies: our exchange has SP2 installed. I'd like to know of other
    things to move off the system partition as well. Thanks so much for your
    response Larry.
    Mike, Apr 10, 2008
  4. Hi Mike,

    moving the store location is usually painless. ESM first stops the
    store, then copies the file, then mounts it and only then deletes the old
    copy (actually, I might be going too far, it _may_ delete the old store
    before mounting the new, as long as the copy seems to have succeeded), but
    importantly it is a copy of the store and the old is not deleted until the
    new has been, at least, successfully created.

    Normal caveats exist. 1st make a full backup of your store and _at
    least_ tell all users 'no Outlook for the next couple of hours or until I
    say so', I prefer 'OK, everyone shut down their PC, I'm doing something
    significant on the server' and this 'idea' of 'everyone shut down' is solid
    in my mind, at the very least I will wish to restart the server after the
    change to ensure a clean restart happens, may as well get users out before I
    start the changes. Incoming SMTP is fine, it will queue while the store is
    offline and be fed correctly into the new store when it is mounted. There is
    nothing 'wrong' however with temporarily blocking incoming :25. I wear both
    a belt and braces, to be sure, to be sure.

    WATCH OUT FOR YOUR ANITVIRUS!!! I would probably manually create and
    permission the target folder and then exclude it from realtime file scanning
    before attempting the move. Hopefully the current store location is already
    excluded from AV, if not do so.

    Timing wise it is simply 'dismount' 'copy' and 'mount', so the total
    time will depend on IO and the size of the store.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Apr 10, 2008
  5. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Awesome tips SuperGumby. Thanks so much for your response.
    Mike, Apr 10, 2008
  6. I am traveling and using my now slightly outdated copies of documents on my
    notebook. Super has reminded me that there is another note ommited from the
    document about moving things:

    You should note that if you move the page/swap file off the system partition
    you will not get a memory dump should the server "Blue Screen" after you
    have done so.
    Larry Struckmeyer, Apr 10, 2008
  7. When I move the page file from C, I usually configure for a "small memory
    dump," leaving a page file of whatever the minimum allowed size is on C.
    The small dump is usually enough to debug a blue screen, and it's only 64K.
    If you need a full dump, you can always reconfigure it then.
    Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Apr 10, 2008
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