How to Remove a Recovery Storage Group

Exchange 2007

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Applies to: Exchange Server 2007, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP3

Topic Last Modified: 2007-01-31

This topic explains how to remove a recovery storage group (RSG) by using the Exchange Management Shell. Before you can remove an RSG, you must first remove all of the mailbox databases in the RSG. Then, you can safely remove the RSG.

To perform the following procedure, the account you use must be delegated the following:

  • Exchange Server Administrator role and local Administrators group for the target server

For more information about permissions, delegating roles, and the rights that are required to administer Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, see Permission Considerations.

  1. Remove the mailbox database from the RSG by running the following Exchange Management Shell command:

    Remove-MailboxDatabase -identity <Server_Name>\<RSG_Name>\<Database_Name>
    You will receive a warning that you must manually remove the database files that are located in the RSG.
  2. Remove the RSG by running the following Exchange Management Shell command:

    Remove-Storagegroup -identity "<Server_Name>\<RSG_Name>"
    You will receive a warning about removing the log files that were in the RSG.

For more information about the recovery storage group, see Understanding Recovery Storage Groups.