Remove Exchange 2010 Archive Database from Provisioning

After creating an Archive Database in Exchange 2010, you find that Exchange will put new user mailboxes on this database, in order to balance mailboxes across stores.  The easiest way to avoid this is to exclude the Archive Database from your mailbox provisioning.

Using Exchange 2010 Powershell, get a list of your mailbox databases by running Get-MailboxDatabase:
Once you confirm the name of your archive database, exclude it from automatic provisioning by running the following PowerShell command: Set-MailboxDatabase -Identity “Archive Database” -IsExcludedFromProvisioning $True

About AJ McKean

Based in sunny Tauranga, New Zealand, AJ McKean is a Senior Systems Engineer in Mt Maunganui. With over 15 years of professional IT experience working in both New Zealand and the United States, he holds several certifications including MCSE(2000-2003), MCITP:Enterprise(2008), MCSA(2012), VMware VCP-DCV5.5, CompTIA A+ & is an HP Storage Architect. He is passionate about all things IT, especially virtualization, automation & cloud technologies.

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