Move passive database to new drive on backup exchange server

Kenny Placido 1 Reputation point

I currently have 2 2016 exchange server. One is the primary (A) and then I have a backup for the database (B). They are in a DAG. The database are both in the Dag with A serving as the active copy and B as the passive copy.

On the B server, I need to move the database and logs to a new G drive (both are currently on the F drive). I ran the command below:

Move-DatabasePath "SA-DB02" -EdbFilePath "G:\SA-DB02\SA-DB02.edb" -LogFolderPath "G:\SA-DB02"

I got an error that stated:

This operation cannot be performed on a remote server. Please use the -ConfigurationOnly option and then manually move
the files.
Parameter name: ConfigurationOnly
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (SA-DB02:ADObjectId) [Move-DatabasePath], ArgumentException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : [Server=B,RequestId=de678593-0e4b-4dbc-9a0e-9e88ba777ccc,TimeStamp=5/24/2023 7
   :34:33 PM] [FailureCategory=Cmdlet-ArgumentException] 89090299,Microsoft.Exchange.Management.SystemConfigurationTa
    + PSComputerName        : B.domain.local

I tried to run -configurationonly at the end of the command but it gave me a warning about the Active Directory and I abort the command.

How do I move a passive mounted database and logs to another drive without the error above? Or do I run it with the -configurationonly? Or do I remove it from the DAG and then run the command above? I don't care if the the passive database is dismount, it's just a passive copy. I just want to move it to another drive.

Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. Andy David - MVP 120.5K Reputation points MVP

    You have to remove all the passive copies then move the active copy. Once done, you add the replicas again to the other servers

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  2. Kenny Placido 1 Reputation point

    I ended up deleting the passive copy, renaming the drives and then reseeding the database. Everything worked after that.