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Windows Small Business Server 2008 Partition

I am looking at a Windows Small Business Server 2008 box. The previous IT person, put in one partition so data and OS is in the same place and they also did not build in any redundancy so it has one Hard Disk.

Can someone advise what are my options. I would like to have at least 2 Hard Disks mirrored or RAID5. I understand for that I will need to rebuild the server and install SBS agian.

Also, if I wanted to just partition it could I just do that without having to rebuild/re-install SBS again.

Please advise.
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ftsos
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lancecurwensvilleCommented:
Does the server have a raid card in it?  That is going to be the first step, then obtaining the mirrored drive (RAID 1) or if you are doing raid 5 then you will need two additional hard drives.  My personal opinion is to get the new drives, configure the RAID level you are looking for then do a complete reinstall of the OS.  It can be done other ways, but this is by far the most efficient.
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ftsosAuthor Commented:
I don't think they have RAID array controller.

Is it possibly to partition a live server?
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lancecurwensvilleCommented:
Without a RAID controller, you will be unable to do a true hardware redundancy.  You are able to do software RAID and achieve redundancy using windows itself, however, I have never dealt with this; instructions can be found here:  http://www.bauer-power.net/2009/07/fun-with-software-raid-on-windows.html

You are able to partition a live server with a couple different software packages; however, I will only recommend the one I have used with success:

Acronis Disk Director Server:  http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/diskdirector-server/

There are also some open source solutions, but I am not fluent enough in them to recommend them in a production mission critical environment, however, if you can accept the fact that you may damage the partitions and do the re-install anyhow, I'd give GParted a look:  http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Use ShadowProtect or like imaging product to back up.

Install RAID controller and new SAS drives at or greater than the previous drive's volume (size).

Restore the SBS OS using the Hardware Independent Restore feature.

BTDT many times to change out the disk subsystem.

Philip
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pmckenna11Commented:
Just to add my 2 cents.....

I agree with what lancecurwentsville said. You will want to install a RAID card and add drives as required for the desired configuration. It is probably possible to accomplish this without a rebuild but if you have to ask then you probably shouldn't try. Any reparitioning of the existing drive would require 3rd party software (expect to spend ~$300).

You could try an imaging solution as recommended by MPECSinc. I have used Backup Exec System Recovery. You can get a fully functional 60 day trial version. When it works it is great but there can be a lot of complications when trying to restore to new hardware. Time spent troubleshooting the restore could be put into a rebuild instead. However since the trial version is free it might be worth your time.

My recommendation would be to do a rebuild using hardware RAID. If you are going to be using large drives mirror them otherwise use RAID 5. I would also consider using this oppertunity to move to SBS2011. SBS2008 has Exchange 2007 which really sucks. I have not tried SBS2011 but people that I know that have seem to like it. Something to consider anyway.

Finally whatever solution you use create a C partition for the OS and a D partition for the data. I usually make the C partition about 100G and move the Exchange stores to the D partition. That usually leaves me plenty of room and I don't have to worry about ever filling the C partition.
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ftsosAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys.
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