Repartition the Domain Controller Running Exchange
Posted on 2009-02-19
Hello. When I took over this position, I inherited a very poorly partitioned server with which I am having two main problems that I'd like to get fixed.
1. The system drive (C:) is frequently getting very low on space.
2. The Exchange databases are on a partition that does not have enough free space to defrag.
The server has 6 drives in a single RAID 5 array. I'm running a Dell PowerEdge server with Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, SP1. It is the domain controller and the Exchange server.
It is partitioned as follows.
Drive C - 32.8 GB total, 673 MB free (system drive) - Very low on free space.
Drive E - 48.1 GB total, 35.9 GB free (Exchange logs)
Drive F - 56.4 GB total, 9.79 GB free (Exchange store)
Drive W - 5.36 GB total, 5.32 GB free (websites)
Drive Y - 5.36 GB total, 1.34 GB free (pagefile)
Drive Z - 21.1 GB total, 20.7 GB free (intranet; easily moved)
Concerning problem #1, I'd like to merge Z: with C: giving the system drive an extra 20GB. What is the easiest way to do this? What utility should I use for that? The only thing on the Z: drive is a basic intranet site; it has only HTML files and a few image files. It's very easily moved. I'm thinking that this would be an easy thing to do, but I'd like a little direction on it.
Problem #2, it seems to me, may be a bit more complicated. I need to find room to expand F: to allow it to have enough room to successfully defrag the EDB files. I was thinking about merging E: and F: to accomplish this. Am I on the right track here? Can you provide some input on the best way to do it that will not upset Exchange?
Thanks for all your help,