My Exchange 2003 Server has 3 physical partition
C: OS 30G Capacity with 5G free space
D: Exchange store 245G capacity with 10.3G free space
E: Exchange logs 65G capacity with 62G free space
I just started with this company and i am on clean up frenzy. I am running out of space on the D: drive. There are about 20G of space occupied by terminated employees. in a year and a half from now, we are looking into upgrading to Exchange 2010. i need to make do with what i currently have till then. I dont want to delete the terminated employees mailbox as of yet and would like to put it seperate from our production partition to make room. Previous Admin deleted a few mailbox to make room but at this point i cannot reclaim the white spaces for i dont have room to run the tool. I only have 1 store. I wanted to create another store and put all the terminated employees there.
Option 1. Working with what i have, i was thinking, would it be a good idea to create a terminated employee store and put it in the E: drive and put its logfiles on D: (the reverse of the first store) since i have 60 G of free space in E. I only have 20G of data for my terminated employees.
Option 2. I connect an external USB Drive and create a terminated employee store there as well as its logfiles. Take the termnated employee store offline and unplug the USB. would it hurt the performance of the server? What if i dont unplug the external USB Drive?
Option 3. could i share some space with another server, map to that space and put the terminated employees there? Since no one will be accessing these store anyways? maybe our backup software only.
Option 4. Virtualize our Exchange 2003 server. How long would it take to virtualize a server with 300g total space? Is exchange 2003 server a good Virtual Server Candidate?
Please put in order from best to worst option. please explain why its best and why its worse. If you would do it differently beside the options i put, please feel free to add more options.