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Migrate Windows Server 2003/Exchange 2003 Server boot volume to new disk

My company relies on a Windows 2003 Standard server that was converted from an SBS 2003 installation.  Yes, Exchange 2003 lives on the same machine as our PDC.  

The hardware used is an HP ProLiant with a RAID 5 SCSI disk array.  The boot disk is a 17GB slice of this array.  Therein lies the problem.

For the past 9-12 months we have fought a weekly battle with this 17GB disk filling to capacity.  We moved Exchange transaction logs to another disk, we moved Exchange SMTP logs to another disk, we've removed whatever software we could,  we've deleted as many extraneous files as we could, etc.  It seems like we're running out of options.  And the weekly/monthly Microsoft update exercise only compounds the problem as you might guess.

We've installed a 500GB IDE disk with the idea of migrating the boot volume to it, understanding that a single IDE disk offers far less data security/redundancy than RAID5 disk slice.

So my questions is this - what is best practice method of migrating the boot volume from one disk to another?

We've played around a little with True Image Server by Acronis, but only for backup purposes.  Do people suggest 3rd party tools or should we use a built-in MS method?

Any suggestions would be helpful.  Thanks.

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nightmare2Commented:
It's a very bad idea to move the OS to a single IDE disk.
17GB should be more then enough for Windows 2003 and Exchange binaries.
Surely there must be something else eating your space (badmail folder?)
Use a software like treesize pro to find unneeded files.
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pteeterAuthor Commented:
Maybe so.  I'll look around the disk once more.
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Walter PadrónCommented:
Take an image from the boot disk using Acronis and clone the image in the IDE disk, configure the BIOS and boot from the IDE.

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nightmare2Commented:
The OS is configured to boot from SCSI.
It won't boot from IDE without modifications.
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Walter PadrónCommented:
He must use Acronis Universal Restore http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/ATIESWin/universal-restore.html

I reread the question and you are right, 17 Gb should be enough for OS and Exchange

- Move virtual memory files to another disk.
- Move TEMP folders to another disk.
- Delete all Windows Update uninstall folders in %SystemRoot%
- Open the properties of ESM / First Administrative Group / Servers / YourServer / Protocols / SMTP / Default SMTP Virtual Server, in the Messages tab move the Badmail directory and Queue directory to another disk. (Recommended a RAID 1 partition)

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andyalderSaggar makers bottom knockerCommented:
Sysvol might also be on C:, that'll take up a bit of space if it's a GC server. Tthere's a technet article on how to move it, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842162
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pteeterAuthor Commented:
IIS logs were filling up the boot disk.

Since we enabled WSUS v 3 (mainly to address that nasty svchost issue on all WSUS client machines), IIS was generating tons more logs.

We migrated the IIS logs to the IDE disk, an acceptable workaround, and updated the IIS settings for each live site to do more efficient logging.

About 3GB was recovered on the boot disk.

Thanks for the help folks.

Acronis would probably have worked but this approach is a little less, umm, scary?!

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