Exchange 2013 CU1 – Database Creation

In this post I am going to go through the steps on adding a new database to Exchange 2013 CU1. While this would seem like a very basic task for any Exchange environment, there is a bit of a surprise for those who were using the RTM version of Exchange Server 2013.

Log into the EAC from a browser in your domain:

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Click on Servers:

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Click on Databases:

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Cick on the ‘+’ symbol to add the new database:

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Enter in the information about the new database and click ‘Save’.

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Notice the ‘Please Wait’ in the middle of the box. Exchange is now creating your databases.

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After this is completed, you get a pop-up explaining that you need to restart the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service:

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Wait. What the heck?!? Why would I want to restart my Information Store after simply adding a database to my Exchange Server? I’ve never had to do this. Not in 4.0, 5.0, 5.5, 2000, 2003, 2007, or 2010. Nor did I have to do this in Exchange Server 2013 RTM. The database I added wasn’t even to a DAG cluster. This is a single server. What gives Microsoft?

However, this does not prevent you from using the database.  As a test, I was able to create a new user mailbox on this new database.  I then logged into OWA, created an email and sent it off to another user.  I confirmed that the message was delivered to the user as well.

Not sure what the purpose of this is as RTM did not have this restriction at all.

In Exchange 2013 RTM, when you Save for creating the new database you get this pop-up box:

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Notice that this is different then Exchange 2013 CU1 where the box says ‘Please Wait’.  My assumption is that it may have to do with permissions assigned to the database not being updated right away.

Related Information
Managed Exchange 2013 Databases – Not updated quite yet as it shows 10/05/2012 still.

New-MailboxDatabases – not updated either.

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