My primary (only) Exchange 2003 server has been experiencing increasing 1018 issues that I have identified as a RAID timeout/reset hardware problem. When I originally setup this server (2004), the database (RAID5) was comprised of an Adaptec 2810SA SATA150 array. We have grown a significant global presence that has not allowed me to do offline defrags on our mailbox stores. These errors bring down the server while it performs online defrags in concurrence with the backup routine.
That said, I have ordered a new Exchange server that I need to integrate into our environment while concurrently supporting all of my users during the transition.
I utilize a front end SMTP server seperate from the Exchange 2003 server and also employ a ISA 2004 server for access to OWA and RPC over HTTP for our external users.
Can anyone help me craft a best practice path to accomplish moving a defragged and compacted information store database (11, worldwide) to a new server inside the existing domain?