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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.
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.
Select the Exchange server where you will store the database. Click OK.
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.
Change the database file path and log folder path. Click Save.
A warning will show to restart the Exchange IS service. Click OK.
Have a look at the list view. The mailbox database is created and mounted in Exchange Server.
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 with their mailbox on the affected 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 at File Explorer at the configured log folder.
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In this article, you learned how to create mailbox database Exchange 2016. Before you create the mailbox database, configure ReFS volumes first.
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