z You can distribute users' mailboxes around the mailbox stores.
z You reduce backup and restore time.
z You have more flexibility with database file placement.
z Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Service Pack 3 (SP3) or later
z The Microsoft Active Directory directory service
z Exchange Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
z Exchange System Manager
z Transactional tracking logs and databases
z Microsoft recommends that you put both the transactional tracking log files and the
database files on fault-tolerant partitions such as RAID1, RAID5, or RAID0+1.
z Microsoft recommends that you put the transactional tracking log files and the
database files on separate partitions, and that you arrange them so that a failure of
a single disk does not affect both the log files and the database files.
z If you are working in a large environment, Microsoft recommends that each database
has a separate fault-tolerant volume. Use this configuration if you have a special
Article ID: 821748 - Last Review: October 25, 2007 - Revision: 1.4
HOW TO: Add New Mailbox Stores in Exchange Server 2003
This step-by-step article describes how to create and add new mailbox stores in Exchange
In Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5, all user mailboxes are maintained in one private store.
However, this configuration may cause issues with scalability if you have a lot of users.
Additionally, it may take longer to back up and restore data.
Beginning with Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Enterprise Edition, and continuing with
Exchange Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, you can create multiple storage groups, and each
storage group can contain several mailbox stores. With this configuration:
The following list outlines the recommended hardware, software, network infrastructure,
and service packs that you must have to create and move mailboxes in Exchange 2003:
This article assumes that you are familiar with the following topics:
How to Plan Storage Groups and Mailbox Stores
Exchange 2003 uses mailbox s