Exchange 2003 drive full due to logs - store unmounted, veritas backup exec due to backup
Posted on 2006-10-24
We have exchange 2003 which is normally backed up by Veritas Backup Exec v9.1 during the weekend. After backup the transaction logs normally reduce in size.
On Friday our lto-3 failed and with our next business day support we had to wait till Monday for the engineer to come and replace, as such our full weekend backup couldnt take place until this was fixed, so our backup started last night.
Mid morning today, our exchange server stopped, and on investigation, it had run out of disc space and the store had automatically unmounted.
My questions are.
1. How can I check whether the store has dismounted cleanly?
2. Will veritas backup exec with exchange licence, still be able to backup the exchange server and flush the log, eventhough the store is not mounted? (The exchange server is still on and can be reached across the network)
3. Assuming Backupexec can still backup the logs and flush them, and that this gives me some free space, is it then just a matter of mounting the stores again to bring exchange back online?
In addition, I do have some spare drives that I could add to this exchange server, the whole os and logs/database is all stored on one 136GB drive currently. This was setup before I joined, and I have been planning to migrate to a better server with more storage.
Q4. Can I add some more drives to the server, point exchange to use the new drives for its transaction log and then mount the stores? Does exchange automatically copy the logs to the new drives and automatically make use of any additional drive space?
This is urgent, hence the high points, as I have a lot of unhappy exchange users!