Exchange Server is a mail server, contact manager and calendaring software that run on Microsoft Product Line and provide all feature of mail sending and receiving. It stores entire information in exchange database and this database grows day by day so you need to manage database so that it can perform Read or Write (R/W) operation. Collection of more than one database at a same place is known as Storage Group, so you can manage more than one database in a group which is called Exchange Storage Group.
Exchange Database: - An Exchange Server database is a repository of entire data which stores data definition, indexes, flags, checksum and other information which is related to either private or public mailbox and provides access to user so the he/she can perform database operations like read, write, update, delete, replace etc. It stores entire data in .edb file and uses Extensible Storage Engine (ESE) technology to access the database.
Exchange Storage Group: - Storage group is collection of more than one database and ensure that the all database property will maintained. Exchange storage group can contain only specified no of database in a group like stander edition of exchange 2007 supports up five database in a storage group and Enterprise edition supports up fifty database. The number of databases varies in different editions of exchange server. To know how to manage exchange database and exchange storage group read the complete article.
Managing Exchange Database is one of the most important and frequent task perform by Exchange Administrator. The Microsoft provides two manual way to manage exchange database, you can use either Exchange Management Shell or Exchange Management Console to manage database. However the exchange management shell provides complete information and is a powerful scripting language used to automate the operation the exchange database management consist Create New Database, Remove an Existing Database, Mount a Database, Dismount a Database and backup the database. To manage exchange database you need to perform some operation which is given below.
Create a Database in Exchange Server: - You can create new database by using Exchange power-shell command or Exchange management console and you can add new mailbox to the database.
Removing a Database from Exchange Server: - Removing exchange database is one of the most relevant operation to resolve many database issues, when database is unable to perform read or write operation then you will go for remove the database. How you can remove the exchange database is given below.
Mount a Database on Exchange Server: - An Exchange Administrator can mount a user mailbox to exchange database by using exchange management console or exchange Power Shell command. Click on the link given below to know manual way to mount an exchange database.
Dismount a Database from Exchange Server: - Dismounting an exchange database is one of the vital task perform by exchange administrator and it can be done easily and this process can resolve many exchange database error and this can be done manually.
Backup Exchange Database: - Taking backup of exchange database is most frequent task perform by Exchange Administrator and this process resolve many exchange error and it is recommended that take backup of exchange database files before deleting those files from exchange database. This can be done manually it means you need not to pay extra amount to perform this task.
As we know that the exchange storage group is a group of one or more than one database so it is very important to manage all the operation which you need to perform on database. Microsoft provides some utility which you can use to manage all the operation to make the storage group in healthy state you need to perform some task like Create New User Group, Configure a Storage Group, Remove a Storage Group and Change Storage Group Path, all the possible way is given below.
Create a New Storage Group: - A new storage group can be created by Exchange Management Console or Exchange Management Shell a scripting language. Go to Exchange Management Console and then click on New Storage Group from Mailbox Node to know complete step visit the link given below.
Configure a Storage Group: - You are enabled to configure many storage group by just following some easy steps, go to Server Configuration in the exchange management shell under Server configuration and then click on Properties. Go to link given below to know complete step.
Remove a Storage Group: - You can remove storage group in just few steps, right click on mailbox under the Server Configuration in the exchange management console and then click on Remove button, if you are not able to do this then visit the link given below to know entire working step.
Change Storage Group Path: - You can Move or Change the path of storage group or the log file as well, Right Click on Mailbox from the Server Configuration in exchange management console then click on the Move Storage Group Path Button, You can also perform this task by PowerShell scripting language command. To know more about how to move the path of storage group.