I am doing this Pro Bono for a small Organization. I am not an Exchange Professional or an Admin but have a long tech background. I could spend weeks & days to learn Exchange but I'd rather just seek "quick wisdom" and guidance on this matter.
- Archive the Existing (older) data in those Exchange Database/ Mailboxes
- Flush out the Existing Email Data from Exchange
- Stop/ Disable the Exchange Role - Ensure the slimmest/ trimmest version of it on C Drive.
- Have a usable Archive of some format/ type that could easily be used in the future, if ever needed.
PS: Essentially, when you decommission a service/ server but find a way to archive its data..
SBS 2008 & Exchange here for E-mail (ran for 2 years) and next last 2-3 years it was replaced by Google Apps Mail and whoever did it, did not bother to do any Server cleanup.
There are instances of SBS 2003, 2000 and lot of old stuff running the hope is to completely clean house and archive, virtualize etc. all the old stuff. Some may still stay due to unique requirements.
Previously the machine was the SBS & DC, but now its a DC that would get replaced.
I am trimming down the C drive and will eventually do a P2V of it to make a virtual DC, extract some more data & apps, until we get time to build a new DC.
What I'm asking: Trim, Migrate/ Export & Archive - EXCHANGE Stuff
Given the large sizes of these D, E, F partitions and the Exchange Data on it, I'd like to find ways to export these DBs/ Files/ Emails into an Archive of sorts, if it is ever needed in the future.
Some people said they do not need the older emails, but given how storage is cheap I'd like to avoid deleting them. I'd like to find ways to:
- Trim these sources of data down; if at all possible
- Export/ Migrate them into easily accessible archives in the future.
.. whether these be PSTs, OSTs or other forms
- I am open to ideas here.
- Move to external HDD for any future need
- Eliminate & Nuke the D, E, F drives before P2V of C drive.
The following partitions & names, also shown in Drive Map Screenshot:
- D - Exchange DB
- E - Exchange Logs
- F - Exchange Backup
(Click for Sharper Full Res image - Will upload elsewhere if needed)