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Rebuilding existing exchange server / Restoring Database can this config be done?

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I have an Exchange server 2003 configured in a raid 5 configuration with transaction Binary s,logs and database on the same volume. I am going to rebuild the server on the same hardware setting up some mirrored partitions to separate the OS, transaction logs and database. My question is can I build up the system with a new install of windows 2003 and exchange 2003 enterprise then copy the database and transaction logs to there new location and mount the store. I believe I can keep the same server name. I will also be putting the database on a direct attached 2 tb scsi drive. The main question will the store mount ?
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A better way to do this would be to simply add a new physical drive or drives.  Partition them to meet your needs and then use Exchange itself to move your database, transaction logs, etc, to the new partitions.  Do you need to reload the server OS or could you do something like I just mentioned?  I think if you were to reload the server OS (keeping the same name) you'd have to install Exchange 2003 again with exactly the same information as the before.  Then restore your exchange data.  You would probably need to run eseutil on the database to get it ready to mount on the new OS load, but you might be able to get that to work.  Perhaps some other experts have tried this before and could offer more of an opinion on this.  I would recommend avoiding a reload if you don't need to and just add more disks to your server, move your data, and be done with it.  Any thoughts?
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The problem I have is that this server was a windows 2000 upgrade to 2003 enterprise OS ( I Do not like windows upgrades I am picky) I want to do a clean install on the same hardware. I have extra drives to do this with. Since the dell backplanes keep the raid config on the drives I can simply plug the drives back in and get running. This install would be as if the whole exchange server died and all I hae is transaction logs and databases.
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The problem I have is that this server was a windows 2000 upgrade to 2003 enterprise OS ( I Do not like windows upgrades I am picky) I want to do a clean install on the same hardware. I have extra drives to do this with. Since the dell backplanes keep the raid config on the drives I can simply plug the drives back in and get running. This install would be as if the whole exchange server died and all I have is transaction logs and databases. Also I only have 5 drives in the current system and it is a raid. I want to slice it into 2 mirrors with a hot spare . So I can't use the config I have. It will have to be a reload.
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