I have a client (charity) that has a SBS 2003 Std Edition server. About a few weeks ago their Exchange 2003 Information Store has hit its maximum size. I used the method described in the http://support.microsoft.com/kb/828070/
article to temporarily increase the Exchange 2003 IS limit by 1GB, but couldn't really upgrade to SP2 as the server was running out of the hard drive space. There were some problems with getting the money for the new hard drives and the RAID controller (it's even tougher for charities now; I eventually decided to buy it for them and let them pay when they have some cash) and some time has passed.
I have installed the new RAID, but I can see that the IS nearly reached 17GB. I don't want to make any mistakes as the client relies on their email quite heavily.
My questions are:
1) Can I upgrade Exchange to SP2 straight away or I should rather upgrade it to SP1 first?
2) I understand (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998066.aspx
) that the IS size limit after installing SP2 should get increased to 18GB out of the box without changing any registry settings, etc. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
3) I want to move the data to the new hard drive (as per http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708031.aspx
). My plan is to first of all install Exchange 2003 SP2 and then move the data (including Exchange databases and log files) to the new RAID. Do you think that it might be better to first of all move the data and only then upgrade Exchange to SP2? So far I managed to free up about 15GB of space on the original hard drive (still the size of Exchange IS is increasing rapidly and I am afraid that it will only last at most two days unless I upgrade it).
Your help is highly appreciated.