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How can I increase space on SBS 2003 server?

Hello,
    We have an SBS 2003 server installed on Proliant DL360 servers. There are two 146GB SCSI hard drives(one is for the mirror I believe) with 2 partitions on our main Apps server. Our C: drive(20GB partition) was down to 12% free space. I was able to get that up to 34% by moving the pagefile to the D: partition etc...However, we want to proactively increase the amount of drivespace for future expansion. Can we install larger hard drives and use Acronis true image server etc. to clone the 1st hard drive and then rebuild the mirror with the 2nd physical drive? If anyone has any suggestions, I would apprecaite it.

Thank you...
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JBlondCommented:
If Acronis True Image Server recognizes the harddisks you can create an image (I would do an offline image!), then plug in the bigger harddisks and restore the images to bigger partitions on the new harddrives.


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stpetetechAuthor Commented:
Offline image? Can you please explain?
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JBlondCommented:
Sorry for the late reply, I was offline during the weekend.

With "Offline image" I mean that you shutdown the server and then boot from the TrueImage Server-CD to create the image.
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noxchoCommented:
In case you have RAID configuration be sure that boot module of Acronis sees the RAID correctly. I had issues in past because of it.
But there is nothing wrong if you create backup to external HDD or network in Windows mode - restore it to second bigger HDD and then reboot the server from this new drive. IMHO no need to go to boot mode.
As a penny to solutions for this problem - there is a tool we use in company for both backup and repartitioning - Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2009 with its WinPE based boot CD: http://www.paragon-software.com/business/hdm-server/
I recommend it highly.
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stpetetechAuthor Commented:
Hmmm, since these are SCSI Ultra320 drives, is there a way to hook them up externally to do the clone? There are two drives(1 for mirror) I guess I could pull one and then do the clone? then recreate the mirror?

Thanks!
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JBlondCommented:
I wouldn't use one the drives you want to clone as the target. You'll lose redundancy during cloning... I would use an external harddisk connected via USB or a network share on another server or Windows client computer.
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stpetetechAuthor Commented:
Do they make an 80 pin SCSI to USB adapter? And should I clone both drives?
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stpetetechAuthor Commented:
Someone said Norton Ghost 2003 would be better for this type of cloning. I am a big Acronis fan, but this is a production enviroment and I don't want to purchase additional software.

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noxchoCommented:
stpetetech, cloning is not your choice. You need imaging feature of backup software. Take backup image from your configured RAID and save it to network share or external USB drive.
Then reconfigure the RAID replacing small drives with bigger once or simply restore to bigger drive if you do not want to play with RAID.
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stpetetechAuthor Commented:
Hi noxcho, hmm...they have Symantec Backup exec, v12. I definately want to keep a mirror...
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JBlondCommented:
@stpetetech:
Do you have a license of Acronis TrueImage Server?

Are the two hard drives configired as a hardware RAID or a software RAID? If you're unsure, go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Section 'Storage' -> Disk Management. In the upper right area you'll see a list of your hard drives. Please upload a screenshot of the list here.
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noxchoCommented:
Hi stpetetech, Symantec Backup should be able do the same backup\restore operation without a problem. Create image and restore it to third drive of bigger size and boot the server from it. Then do whatever you want with the mirror.
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stpetetechAuthor Commented:
I believe it is a hardware RAID. They do have a version of Acronis.
 
 

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stpetetechAuthor Commented:
Do they make an 80 pin SCSI to USB adapter? And should I clone both drives?
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noxchoCommented:
Hmm, this is different configuration. Can't you simply replace the drives in RAID one by one? Does your RAID allow it? Remove one HDD and insert bigger one - reimage drives, replace second drive with bigger one and again reimage (rebuild mirror). Then you will have C: partition, D: partition + free space of new drives.
Then you need to repartition the volumes so to allocate new space to D: and C:
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JBlondCommented:
@stpetetech

Yes, it's a hardware RAID. As already said I would do an offline image to a network share or an external hard drive, plug in the bigger hard drives, create a new RAID-1 array in the user interface of the RAID controller during boot, boot again from the Acronis CD and then restore the image to the new array. Before the restore starts, you can choose to resize the partitions on the target array.

That way you don't have to break the mirror and resizing the partitions is done during the restore of the image.
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stpetetechAuthor Commented:
So, do a full Acronis backup to an external USB drive for example, then put in both larger drives, rebuild the RAID at boot, then restorethe Acronis image to one of the drives?
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JBlondCommented:
As you're using a hardware RAID controller, Acronis will only show one hard drive. Simply restore the image to this drive and resize the partitions.
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stpetetechAuthor Commented:
Sounds good. Should I resize the partitions from the RAID controller or can Acronis or Disk manager do it?
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noxchoCommented:
During restore process it will resize them proportionally. Just follow the restore wizard.
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stpetetechAuthor Commented:
Ah, I didn;t realize Acronis had a way to alter the partition sizes along the way. Thanks much for your help!~
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