We have a DL380 G4 to be used as a fileserver. It came with a Smart Array Controller 6i (version 2.58) and 4 x 300gb 10k HDDs, set in a RAID5 array with 1 hot-swap HDD.
The remaining 600gb of useable space recognized by Windows Server 2003 will be split amongst a 10gb C partition - and the rest will be for a seperate partition used for storage (user home folders/profiles and public network shares).
My question is this:
We will most definitely need to expand the array within 1-2 years to allow for more storage space.
1: How will we do this?
2: How should we configure the system to allow this to be as seamless and safe as possible? Ideally, I would like to avoid having to mount folders into the existing datastorage partition in order to utilize the new space (in other words, I want to EXPAND the RAID5 array and also EXPAND the data partition within Windows).
Thanks in advance.
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