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After installing Exchange Server 2016, we like to rename the Exchange 2016 default mailbox database. A unique generated mailbox database is created by default in Exchange Server. We can rename the mailbox database without any disruption in the organization. In this article, you will learn how to rename Exchange 2016 database with PowerShell and Exchange Admin Center (EAC).
Rename Exchange 2016 default database with PowerShell
We recommend to rename the database to DB01 as it will be easier in the future to work with. For example, you want to migrate users from that database. An unique generated database will have a name that is not easy to remember.
Run Exchange Management Shell as administrator. Get the mailbox name with the Get-MailboxDatabase cmdlet. In our example, the name of the unique database is Mailbox Database 1237333779. After we find the name, rename the default mailbox database with Set-MailboxDatabase cmdlet. Verify if the database name is changed.
[PS] C:\>Get-MailboxDatabase Name Server Recovery ReplicationType ---- ------ -------- --------------- Mailbox Database 1237333779 EX01-2016 False None [PS] C:\>Set-MailboxDatabase "Mailbox Database 1237333779" -Name "DB01" [PS] C:\>Get-MailboxDatabase Name Server Recovery ReplicationType ---- ------ -------- --------------- DB01 EX01-2016 False None
The database is successfully renamed. If you want to rename the database with Exchange Admin Center, follow the steps below.
Rename Exchange 2016 default database with EAC
When logging into EAC, use the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) of the Exchange server in the format https://<ServerFQDN>/ecp. For example, https://ex01-2016.local/ecp. To access the EAC in a web browser on the Exchange server itself, you can use the value https://localhost/ecp.
Log in to the Exchange Admin Center (EAC). In the left menu click servers and follow with databases. Click the Mailbox Database<unique name> and click the edit icon.
Click general in the left pane and change the name of the Exchange database. I recommend starting with the database named DB01. Click Save when finished.
Confirm that the default mailbox database in Exchange Server 2016 is renamed.
That’s great. Successfully renamed the database! Did you rename Exchange 2016 database with PowerShell or with EAC?
Read the Exchange database best practices for more information. It’s recommend to move the database to another disk drive. Don’t keep the database in the C:\ drive. Before you move the database to another drive, read how to configure ReFS volume in Exchange. After that, move the database to the created ReFS volume.
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