Configuring Information Stores

Configuring Information Stores

Information stores are the databases that Exchange 2000 Server uses to store mailboxes, public folders, documents, files, and applications.

Exchange supports multiple databases for each server. The stores are contained in storage groups. There are two kinds of databases: mailbox stores and public folder stores.

For help with specific tasks, see How To.

For general background information, see Concepts.

Answers to frequently asked questions

What's the difference between the Information Store service and the new Microsoft Web Storage System?

The Information Store service is a Microsoft Windows 2000 service that manages the Exchange stores. Web Storage System is a storage platform used by Exchange that provides a single repository for managing multiple types of unstructured information within one infrastructure. It combines the features of a file system, the Web, and a collaboration server (such as Exchange) through a single, URL addressable location for storing, accessing, and managing information, as well as building and running applications. Web Storage System is based on the technology that drives Exchange Server Information Store.

When would I use multiple databases?

Use multiple databases to:

When would I create a storage group rather than a new database?

Create a storage group rather than a new database to:

When creating new mailbox stores, why can I only associate them with the default public folder store and not with other available public folder stores on my server?

The public folder store installed by default on your server contains the MAPI public folder hierarchy, which is the All Public Folders branch of the Public Folders tree. You can have only one MAPI public folder hierarchy in your Exchange installation and it is associated with only one default public store. If you have other servers in your installation, you can choose from their default public folder stores.