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I have an Exchange 2003 server (Exchange1) that is just about to run out of space on the partition where the priv1.edb database is located. We have another fully functional Exchange 2003 server (Exchange2) on the same network with plenty of room. My question is this:

Can I move all of the mailboxes off of Exchange1 to Exchange2 and then somehow remove the priv1.edb from Exchange1? I do not have enough free space to run a defrag, so just moving mailboxes will not free up any space.

I was hoping to keep Exchange1 up and running since it has a lot of customized IIS/OWA stuff on it. But I have no idea if my idea would be possible.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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Sure you can. Move the mailboxes to Exchange2 then delete the mailbox store on Exchange1. If you're going to continue to use Exchange1 for OWA, ActiveSync, etc. then you'll more than likely need to set up FE/BE on the two servers. –  joeqwerty Jan 14 '13 at 23:18
    
I was thinking of continuing to use OWA and ActiveSync on Exchange1 since we put a lot of work into getting all that set up. Can you point me in the right direction on how to set up FE/BE in Exchange 2003? Also, when you say delete the mailbox store - I just do that through system manager, correct? –  charnley Jan 15 '13 at 2:46
    
Yes, you'll delete the mailbox store from ESM. Here's a link to download the FE/BE guide: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996980(v=exchg.65).aspx –  joeqwerty Jan 15 '13 at 2:58
    
Thanks joe- you are always very helpful on here! –  charnley Jan 15 '13 at 3:22
    
Glad to help... –  joeqwerty Jan 15 '13 at 3:27

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