Changing Store Limits in Exchange 2003 SP2

How can I change the store limits in Exchange 2003 SP2?

By default, the size limit of each database on a server running Exchange 2000 and Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition is 16 GB (this limit is also enforced in SBS 2000/2003). Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) is supposed to remove this limit and thus allow for further DB size growth.

After installing Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2, the default size limit for each Exchange database is 18 GB, but can easily be configured to allow for database size limits of up to 75 GB per database (for the Standard and SBS 2003 versions), or up to 8000 GB (or 8 TB) per database (for the Enterprise version).

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Move Exchange Stores to a Different Disk


How can I move Exchange Databases and Logs from one disk to another in Exchange 2000/2003?

When you install Exchange 2000/2003 on your server the setup program installs and configures Exchange in a default directory under the C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr folder. Although this is the default setup, in order to facilitate better hard disk performance and redundancy it is best that the Exchange stores and log files are NOT placed on the System partition (i.e. C:).

If you want to move log files or database files to another drive, use the following procedures:

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Migrate DHCP server from 2003 to 2008 R2


Export the DHCP database from Windows 2003:

1.                   On the Windows 2003 DHCP server, navigate to a command prompt

2.                   Type the following Command: netsh

3.                   Type the following Command: DHCP

4.                   Type the following Command: server <\\Name or IP Address>

5.                   Type the following Command: export c:\w2k3DHCPdb all

Note You must have local administrator permissions to export the data.

Import the DHCP database

1.       Copy the exported DHCP database file to the local hard disk of the Windows Server 2008-based computer.

2.       Install the DHCP Role on the server.

3.       Stop the DHCP server service on the server.  To do this, follow these steps:

a.       Log on to the target DHCP server by using an account that is a member of the local Administrators group.

b.      Click Start, click Run, type cmd in the Open box, and then click OK.

c.       At the command prompt, type net stop DHCPserver , and then press ENTER. You receive a “The Microsoft DHCP Server service is stopping. The Microsoft DHCP Server service was stopped successfully” message.

d.      Type exit, and then press ENTER.

4.       Delete the DHCP.mdb file under c:\windows\system32\DHCP folder.

5.       Start the DHCP server service.

6.       Right-click on the Command Prompt (cmd) and select run as administrator, to open the cmd prompt using elevated privileges.

Note You must have local administrator permissions to import the data.

7.       Type the following Command: netsh

8.       Type the following Command: DHCP

9.       Type the following Command: server <\\Name or IP Address>

10.   Type the following Command: import c:\w2k3DHCPdb

11.   Restart DHCP and verify the database has moved over properly.

install Dell Server Admin on ESXi5


All right folks, I’ve decided to save you hours of time once again and provide a comprehensive guide to installing the Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) client on ESXi 5. I pieced this together from a variety of user guides and forum posts and have tested it on an ESXi 5 box I use for labs. Instructions are as follows:

  1. Download the latest version of “Dell OpenManage Offline Bundle and VIB for ESXi”. The easiest way to find it is to go to the Dell Support homepage. Select the model of the Dell server you are working with, filter the operating system to your version of ESXi, expand the System Management section, and do a search for “offline bundle”. Once you download the file, rename it to something simple like This will make your life easier during the later steps where you will be typing out the file path and filename.
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Symantec Brightmail email link issue

The fix that I had come up with last week for the links in bright mail didn’t fix the entire issue. The “view” and “release” link were still broken. I figured out a better way to do the whole thing, which keeps the variable %QUARANTINE_URL% instead of having to manually change it in the html config for notification templates. To do it properly, go to the settings page and the hold the Shift key and then tap “a” several times, which will bring up an advanced configuration page. There is a field in there that you can specify the proper Spam URL. This fixes all of the links in the email.