Part 5 – Install and Configure Exchange Server 2019

Introduction

Just like previous version of Exchange, Exchange 2019 installation also creates a default database with the name “Mailbox Database 123456789” in default installation directory. In my case, the default database is being created in “C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15\Mailbox\” as I have installed Exchange Server 2019 in default directory.

It’s not recommended to install Exchange server on operating system drive.

For me, the very first task after Exchange 2019 installation is to rename the default database as per the naming convention used by your organization. There are two methods available to rename your database in Exchange 2019.

  • Rename Exchange 2019 Database from GUI
  • Rename Exchange 2019 Database from Exchange Management Shell

Rename Exchange 2019 Database from GUI

To rename your database using GUI method, follow the following steps.

  • Login to Exchange Admin Center.
  • Navigate to Exchange Admin Center –> Servers –> Databases
  • Select the database and click on Edit

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  • Enter the new name of the Database in “Name” field and Click on Save

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  • Hit Save button and you are done renaming your database via GUI.

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Rename Exchange 2019 Database using Exchange Management Shell

Another method of renaming your Exchange 2019 database is to use Exchange Management Shell. To rename your database using EMS, follow the following steps.

  • Run Exchange Management Shell as Administrator
  • Run the following cmdlet in Exchange Management Shell

Set-MailboxDatabase -Identity “<DATABASE NAME>” -Name <NEW NAME>

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I have renamed DB01 to Default Database.

  • To verify that the database is renamed, run the following cmdlet to retrieve database information

Get-MailboxDatabase | ft Name, Server

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Conclusion

In this blog post, we have performed our first post installation task to rename the default database as per our naming convention. In upcoming blog post of this series, we will go through the other tasks of post installation of Exchange server 2019 that includes certificate, virtual directory, license activation, moving database path etc. I have also seen scenario’s where the default database is being deleted after the installation and we will also cover the process on how we can delete a database in Exchange Server 2019.