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After installing Exchange Server, 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 Server. Follow the course Exchange Server for more informative content.
Create mailbox database in Exchange Admin Center
Sign in to Exchange Admin Center (EAC). Navigate to servers > databases. Click the + icon to create a new database.
In our example, there is already a database with the name DB01.
Fill in the mailbox database name. Click Browse.
In our example, it’s the second database, and therefore we will give it the name DB02.
Read more: Exchange database naming convention »
Select the Exchange Server where to store the database. Click OK.
We recommend having separate disks for the database and 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 Microsoft Exchange Information Store 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.
Note: If mailboxes are 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 in the configured log folder.
The mailbox database is created successfully, and both the folders look great. You can now:
- Create user mailboxes in the new mailbox database
- Create mailboxes in bulk in the new mailbox database
Did this help you to create a database in Exchange Admin Center?
You learned how to create mailbox database in Exchange Server. First, configure ReFS volumes. After that, create the mailbox database on these volumes.
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