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Here's the situation:

Just walked into this office, they are having trouble with performance when accessing files on network drives.  

Production server, Windows 2003 Enterpise
Drive is partitioned as:
C:\   4GB  (412MB free!)
D:\ 182GB  (180 GB free)

Seems to me that I really need to expand that C: partition.  

I have explored similar questions here on EE and this tool was recommended a few times:
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/diskdirector/

However, it does not explicitly mention support for Windows Server 2003.

Anyone have experience with this tool on this OS or a different tool/approach to recommend?

Obviously I need to make a 100% reliable backup before starting; any other wisdom to offer?

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by:TheCleaner
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yes Acronis will do it just fine, assuming you aren't using hardware RAID arrays.

There was an EE thread just this week about doing just that...I can't seem to find it now though...the guy used Acronis and said it worked like a charm.
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Also, note that you are on the Homecomputing pages of Acronis...see here:

http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/diskdirector/

Supported operating systems
New! Windows 2003 Server x64 Editions
Windows 2003 Server SP1
Windows 2000 Advanced server SP4
Windows 2000 Server SP4
Windows NT 4.0 Server SP6
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by:tnelson217
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Ouch!  That's a lot more expensive.
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by:tnelson217
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I know this is a separate question, but the history is here so I'm going to try to get away with it.  :-)

I just started working with this server because the previous network admin flew the coop.  I found something suspicious that I've just discussed on another thread, and it sounds like there was some software piracy going on (and my friend who I'm  helping out definitely did not know of this.)

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Windows_Server_2003/Q_21792076.html

Is the 4GB partition logical setup for a *server* operating system installation?  Or is it possible that the previous folks installed a legitimate version of NT and then pirated an upgrade to Windows 2003, resulting in the current situation?  I feel like I'm playing detective with this server/network . . .

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If my friend/client is not prepared to pay $500 for the server version of the Acronis software, is there any other less expensive solution to resizing the partition on this server?
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A backup/restore is less expensive.  He'd have to back everything up.  Then rebuild the server with the new RAID arrays and partitions.  Then restore on top of those the data in the backup.

I would recommend nowadays putting an 8-12GB boot partition for 2003 server.
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I apologize for not addressing this question.  The points were awarded properly.  I used acronis with much success. Two warnings for anyone using it . . .

It renamed the letters of the partitions, which "broke" everyone's share drives.
It reset the share properties as well.

But other than that, all went well, thanks for the tip.  It was an expensive piece of software, but in the end, so much less labor that it was probably the same effective price, and definitely much safer.
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