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Configure Activation Policy for a Mailbox Database Copy

 

Applies to: Exchange Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2012-11-02

Activation is the process of changing a mailbox database copy from a passive copy to an active copy. Activation occurs automatically by the system as part of a database or server failover operation, and it can be performed manually by an administrator as part of a database or server switchover operation. Blocking a database for activation prevents it from becoming the active copy during a database or server failover.

Looking for other management tasks related to mailbox database copies? Check out Managing Mailbox Database Copies.

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  1. In the EAC, go to Servers > Databases.
  2. Select the database that you want to configure.
  3. In the Details pane, under Database Copies, locate the database copy you want to configure and click Suspend.
  4. Optionally, add a comment, and select the check box that says This copy can only be activated by manual intervention.
  5. Click Save to save the configuration changes for the mailbox database copy.

This example blocks the copy of the database DB1 on the server MBX2 for activation.

Suspend-MailboxDatabaseCopy -Identity DB1\MBX2 -ActivationOnly

This example resumes the copy of the database DB1 on the server MBX2 for activation.

Resume-MailboxDatabaseCopy -Identity DB1\MBX2

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Suspend-MailboxDatabaseCopy or Resume-MailboxDatabaseCopy.

This example configures the database copies on server MBX2 as blocked for activation.

Set-MailboxServer -Identity MBX2 -DatabaseCopyAutoActivationPolicy Blocked

This example configures the database copies on server MBX3 as blocked for out-of-site activation.

Set-MailboxServer -Identity MBX3 -DatabaseCopyAutoActivationPolicy IntrasiteOnly

This example configures the database copies on server MBX4 as unblocked for activation.

Set-MailboxServer -Identity MBX4 -DatabaseCopyAutoActivationPolicy Unrestricted

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Suspend-MailboxDatabaseCopy, Resume-MailboxDatabaseCopy, or Set-MailboxServer.

To verify that you've successfully configured the activation policy, do one of the following:

  • In the Shell, run the following command to verify activation settings for a database copy.
    Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus <DatabaseCopyName> | Format-List ActivationSuspended
    

  • In the Shell, run the following command to verify activation settings for a DAG member.
    Get-MailboxServer <ServerName> | Format-List DatabaseCopyAutoActivationPolicy
    

 
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