How do I solve an Exchange Information Store size problem?
Posted on 2009-07-08
Consider the following scenario:
I have an Exchange 2003 server on an SBS 2003 server. The physical server is a Dell PowerEdge 850, with a single Windows Mirrored Volume (2 x 80 GB). Because of growing email storage, we have outgrown the HD capacity that we have.
Management would like a technological solution, instead of using PST files. I would like to move the information store to a new drive. I don't have space in the server for additional hard disks. I was thinking of breaking the mirror, putting in a new, larger drive in position 2, and then I could recreate the mirror with the 80 GB, and then have lots of free space for the information store. But, that means I lose the redundancy of having my information store on the mirrored volume. Is there a better solution?
Is it okay to lose that redundancy? How viable is recovering the information store from that mirror anyway? In what situations would this be recommended? In what situations would it not be a good solution? I haven't ever performed the above operation, hence my questions. The information store is backed up every night to tape.
Thanks for any input.