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Create mailbox database Exchange 2016

After installing Exchange Server 2016, we like to create a mailbox database. After that, we can create new mailboxes in the database. In this article, you will learn how to create mailbox database in Exchange 2016. Follow the topic Exchange Server 2016 for more informative content.

Important: It’s recommended to have separate disks for the database and the log files. Read the article Exchange database best practices. When you’re done reading, configure the volumes as REFS before creating a new mailbox database.

Create mailbox database Exchange 2016

Log in to the Exchange Admin Center (EAC). Click servers in the feature pane and click databases in the tabs. We already have a database named DB01. Click the + icon to create a new database.

Create mailbox database Exchange 2016 add icon

Fill in the mailbox database name. In our example, it’s the second database and therefore we are giving it the name DB02. Click Browse.

Create mailbox database Exchange 2016 add name

Select the Exchange server where you will store the database. Click OK.

Create mailbox database Exchange 2016 select Exchange Server

It’s recommended to have separate disks for the database and the log files. Have a look at Exchange database best practices and configure REFS volumes for Exchange databases and logs.

Create mailbox database Exchange 2016 show disks

Change the database file path and log folder path. Click Save.

Create mailbox database Exchange 2016 add path

A warning will show to restart the Exchange IS service. Click OK.

Create mailbox database Exchange 2016 warning restart service

Have a look at the list view. The mailbox database is created and mounted in Exchange Server.

Create mailbox database Exchange 2016 new database created and mounted

Start Windows Services and select Microsoft Exchange Information Store. Click Restart the service.

If there are mailboxes configured on other mailbox databases in the same Exchange Server, restart the service after working hours. All the users that have their mailbox on the effected databases will lose their Outlook Connection for a short moment. If the Exchange Server is configured in a DAG, you can perform a server switchover and restart the service.

Verify database and log folder

Have a look in File Explorer at the configured database folder.

Let’s have a look in File Explorer at the configured log folder.

The mailbox database is created successfully and both of the folders are looking great. You can now create user mailboxes in the new mailbox database. It’s faster if you create mailboxes in bulk.

Did this help you to create a database in the Exchange Admin Center?

Conclusion

In this article, you learned how to create mailbox database Exchange 2016. Before you create the mailbox database, configure REFS volumes first. Did you enjoy this article? You may also like Cannot delete mailbox database Exchange 2016. Don’t forget to follow us and share this article.

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