Moving the Exchange mailbox but not via Exchange
Hi all,We're planning to move the Exchange DB and logs to a different SAN but the SAN guys want it to move it via robocopy. I know it's not a good way of doing it but is this possible as long as the drive mapping is the same?I'm sure Exchange is very sensative about drive letters but if the DB and Logs is moved to a different SAN and after provide Exchange the same drive letter will explain still work. Of course Exchange services will need to be stop first.
June 24th, 2009 9:34am
There are a couple ways to answer your question. It seems that you are going to be using the same exchange server with the same databases. Based on your post I'm going to assume you have a 2003 Exchange server. If that is the case then yes the Exchange server can be the only "owner" of those database and the drive letter doesnt really matter. In ESM you can just browse to the new drive and path of the database and do the same for the log files. Main thing to do is make sure the server is either Powered off or that all the Services are stopped, the Robocopy is just away to move the database and stm files. Just don't want anyone access that database while its trying to be moved. If you give me a little bit more information i can be more specific, but basically the robocopy is ok to move the data as long as users are not accessing it during the move period. I did have another though but it does depend on your san architecture, is there away to present the new LUN to the Exchange server and just use ESM to move the database to the new drive? That is the "Safest" way, but there is always hardware limitation to why you cant attach multiple LUNsn.
June 24th, 2009 11:15am
What version of Exchange are you using?There are a number of ways to do this but it depends on what version of Exchange.Have you seen this link? http://www.petri.co.il/move_exchange_stores_to_a_different_disk.htmI would simply mount the SAN on a different drive volume, and then move the database/logs to that new location. Keep in mind that you should have one LUN for the database adn one for the logs. Again this will depend on how many databases you ahve and what version of Exchagne you're using.SF - MCITP:EMA, MCTS
June 24th, 2009 4:47pm