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  • Hi,

    Please read this carefully as I am going to do this next Monday.

    Background:

    Server: Dell PowerEdge T110
    Exchange 2007 running on DC Windows Server 2008 Standard.
    RAM: 16GB
    Storage: SAS 15K 125GB -> NO RAID C: 125GB, D: 125GB E: 125GB
    C: System
    D: Exchange Database Storage
    E: Exchange Log files


    Problem:
    D drive is running out of space. 4GB is left and the database size is 121GB. No white spaces to free up some spaces. And No RAID is current configured in all disks


    Goal:
    1. Replace D drive with two SAS 15K 600GB hard disks and configure them in RAID 1.
    2. Format D drive and move log files from E drive to D drive.


    My action plan:

    Please advise these steps are correct to achieve the goals.

    1. Dismount Mailbox database and Public Folder database

    2. Backup D and E drive on external disk using Windows Backup after production time (not sure how long it will take I am given one and half hour)

    2. Take Exchange Server machine out of its server room, take apart the server.

    3. Disconnect E: drive from its controller

    3. Connect two new SAS disk to its controller (server only supports 4 disks)

    4. Put the server back to its server room

    5. Go into RAID configuration mode at startup

    6. Configure the two disk in RAID 1

    5. Format the new 600GB disks and assign them drive letter F: using disk management

    6. Restore the backup of D drive to a new drive F: using Windows Backup

    7. Format the D drive and restore log files from E: to D:

    7. Mount the newly restored database from F: drive

    8. Start Exchange services.

    I would like to know the detailed plans in order to do this upgrade.

    I would also very appreciate for your comments on this
    Tuesday, July 1, 2014 6:08 AM

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