We need to move our 2003 Exchange Server databases from C: to our D: partition because our Windows 2003 Server System C partition is running close to out of filespace.
To this end I found a Microsoft article ID 821915 titled "How to move Exchange databases and logs in Exchange server 2003"
I think that moving the exchange 2003 data in the following step order might be right. Anything I need to change/add?
- Make new MDBData folder on D partition, change permissions to match article.
- Change file paths for logs and databases to new MDBData folder location.
- Copy database files to new MDBData folder location.
- Change Registry entry for where working exchange database folder is from C to D location.
- reboot system, I have read a posting that this will restart services and mount Exchange databases and all should be fine, will I likely be right?
- After new database use is proven for a week delete old databases and logs to recover C space.
Being cautious I would like some questions answered.
Per the article to move log files ...
When I am in the Exchange System Manager program I find our storage group which for us is named "First Storage Group" I right click on it and then a dialog box which shows "Transaction log location: C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\mdbdata" with a Browse button. If I click the browse button I am then shown a popup dialog that offers that I can select a folder path and also press a button to create a newfolder.
Question #1 if I create a new folder will it be created with the right permissions already set or will I need to alter the permissions? The reason I ask is the article says "you must grant permisssion to the new Mdbdata folder" and gives the permissions.
Per the article to move databases ...
There is a note in the article 821915 that says "with the databases you can decide to move the exchange database .edb and/or the exchange streaming database .stm files"
Question #2 Given the note above, I assume one must manually move the old databases so as to be able to still access that information. I assume doing a copy paste to the new folder location using windows explorer and then waiting some many minutes for the GBs to be copied would be the way, am I correct?