Migrate Windows Server 2003/Exchange 2003 Server boot volume to new disk
Posted on 2007-08-03
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.