XADM: Changing Database Paths Using the Exchange Server Administrator Program

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You can manually move Exchange Server databases using the Exchange Server Administrator program, instead of moving them using Performance Optimizer.


Use the following procedure to move Exchange Server databases:
  1. In the Exchange Server Administrator program, click the server name object, and on the File menu, click Properties, and then click the Database Paths tab.
  2. Select the database that you want to move, and click Modify. You can also double-click on the selected database.
  3. Before you move the database, create the appropriate directory on the destination drive. For example, if you want to move the Dir.edb file from the C:\Exchsrvr\Dsadata folder to drive D, create the D:\Exchsrvr\Dsadata folder first.
  4. After you modify all the database paths, click OK.
  5. The following message is displayed:
    You have altered a server database path. In order to change the path the corresponding service(s) will be stopped, the files will be moved, and then the service(s) will be restarted.

    Are you sure you want to alter the database path(s)?
  6. To proceed with the operation, click Yes, or to cancel, click No.
NOTE: For performance reasons, Microsoft recommends that you use local hard disk drives on the computer and not network shared drives.

Only perform this procedure if you are not implementing major changes. Examples of major changes include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Adding or deleting a large amount of users.
  • Adding and deleting connectors.
  • Adding or removing hardware.


Article ID: 234295 - Last Review: October 21, 2013 - Revision: 3.2
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 Standard Edition
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