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I have a SharePoint Farm in which the main Portal Web Application uses a single WSS_Content database, which has grown a lot to about 150 GB.

I know I can now put it offline and attach a new one, but I wonder if I can migrate existing site collections to shrink the size, and if it's possible for Site Collections in offline databases to still have new subsites added?

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In SharePoint 2010 you can add additional Content Databases to your Web Application and then use the Move-SPSite PowerShell command to move site collections from one database to the other.

To add a Content Database: Goto Central Admin > Application Management > Manage Content Databases. Select your web application and add a database.

To use the Move-SPSite PowerShell command: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff607915.aspx

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Also, if you want to move content within Site Collections (from one Site Collection to another) you would need to to it manually or with third-party migration tools. SharePoint only has the ability to move Site Collections between content databases out-of-the-box. –  John Chapman Sep 13 '11 at 14:47
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I guess this works provided you have your content split up into manageable site collections but if you've got a really large site collection then you're pretty much out of luck? –  pigeon Apr 4 '12 at 3:40
    
pigeon, that's where third party tools would be needed. –  John Chapman Dec 6 '12 at 22:57

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