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Upgrading Disks in Exchange 2003 Server

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Hi,

Our Exchange 2003 Server is running out of disk space so we need to upgrade it. The Logs and Store are on a separate volume to the OS of the server. So I intend to do the following:

Stop all the Exchange Services
Copy the Exchange Database Files to another location as flat files
Replace the disks with bigger disks and build a new array
Copy the Exchange Database Files back
Start all the Exchange Services

The question is, will this definitely work?

I've done it with SQL Servers several times and it was fine. I assume it will be the same with Exchange?

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Great. The volume with the Logs and Store is an external disk array, and we have to replace the disks to get enough disk space so I guess this is the best way?

Kieran_Burns: What do you mean by an Exchange domain backup? I use Backupexec to backup Exchange so do you mean just a restore of the stores etc?
Yes - just that. If you run a complete Exchange backup you can simply restore the whole Exchange Organisation to the new disks.
All you need do is ensure the new larger array has the same drive letters in use as the old one. and you still have the old Exchange organisation on the old disks.
this way roll back is a breeze.
Oh, and it also tests your DR solution so everyone is happy!

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Ok, I have a vague memory that when you restore Exchange you have to run setup.exe with a parameter... is this right? Or is this only necessary in other situations?
You mean this document?
 

DROpsGuide.doc

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Maybe, that document is quite long. Is there a /disasterrecovery parameter that can be used with the setup.exe?
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/disasterrecovery is used when the box has crashed and you are rebuilding it
You mean the /disasterrecovery option?
I don't think you'll need this as you will be restoring the Exchange files exactly where they were before and the OS will have all the Exchange binaries still in place

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Ah right, so that option is only used if the server has completely died and the binaries have been corrupted or something similar?
Yes - if you think about it. If your DATA volumes have the same look as the old ones it'll be just the same as if you have pulled the disks out and put them straight back in.
As long as the databases and logfiles are completely backed up you'll be fine

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Great. I think I may just use my initial approach for this as I've done that before and will make the drive letters the same etc.
Good Luck with that then

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Thanks

Sorry, last question: There is very little risk doing it this way isn't there? Cause I will have a tape backup if it does go wrong anyway.
Very small - I'd personally prefer to go the tape route as you prove that works at the same time, but it's all the same in the end

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Thanks for the help.
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