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Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out by Tony Redmond

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Moving mailboxes

The ability to move mailboxes between databases is a fundamental operational procedure for Exchange. Because you have to install new servers to deploy Exchange 2010, moving mailboxes is the basic method to migrate user data to Exchange 2010 from Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007 servers. Apart from migration from legacy versions of Exchange, the other reasons why mailboxes are moved include the following:

  • Balancing user load across available mailboxes: As users leave and join the company, the number of mailboxes assigned to databases might vary. Some mailboxes might be larger than others. Administrators often seek to rebalance workload across databases by transferring mailboxes so that each database hosts approximately the same number ...

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