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Upgrade sbs win 2003 server storage

Hi,

I have sbs win 2003 server.

The storage for my server is very limited and i decide to upgrade the storage capacity.

My server currently with the setting, fax, email, web server, AD, File server.

It also act as DC

I plan to reformat the server and using backup file to restore the system.

My backup will consist of my data from the drive, system state and exchange.

i dont know above plan is relevant or not or workable or not.
if i left anything please advise.

thank you.
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tankergoblin
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NetfloCommented:
Hi,

Why not just add storage and using the SBS wizards, move your Sharepoint/Exchange/user data across to the new drives?

Or alternatively, image the server using an Acronis trial to external USB / network share. Install your replacement drives, initialise your RAID array and restore the image onto that via the Acronis boot CD. Done!

Much simpler and cleaner in my opinion.
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tankergoblinAuthor Commented:
which method you will suggest me to use ??


if i using acronis do i need to reinstall my server 2003

reason i want to replace a new drive without any OS in it..

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NetfloCommented:
Well it depends on what you're trying to achieve, you haven't provided much details. For example are you running low on the OS drive? Do you have RAID? How are your partitions laid out? Which partition is having a problem?

If you use Acronis, you can image the server using the bootable CD, where you can image the whole server. Plugin your new drives and prepare your array and restore your Acronis backup image. You don't need to reinstall the OS, you're just picking it up and restoring it. You will have the ability to resize your partitions during the restore stage.
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tankergoblinAuthor Commented:
Do you have RAID?
Yes, it support RAID. Im using Dell PowerEdge SC440.
but the server is only designed to take two hard disks so the RAID options are limited to stripes or mirrors.

Are you running low on the OS drive?
Yes, the OS drive are running low and i rung exchange in my OS drive as well. The only way i can think of to enlarge the capacity is to replace a larger capacity disk drive to our server.

Which partition is having a problem?
There is no problem to my partition. just that my capacity in my c: drive is running low..

If you use Acronis, you can image the server using the bootable CD,
I know Acronis is a good tool to do that.. But i would like to look for something is free.

thank you.
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NetfloCommented:
Okay I understand know, you have a low end Dell server which most likely is configured with the default 12 GB system partition.

You should check depending on your RAID card whether it support online expansion, I probably doubt it is as you get this functionality with the PERC range.

Like I said before you can use an Acronis trial, which you can use to pick up the server image and restore it onto a large RAID array, how much more free do you want? The trial is a fully featured product, except for the universal restore which we wont need as you're using the same RAID card which the OS already sees.
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tankergoblinAuthor Commented:
i want to replace a new larger hardisk (500GB)

so you mean i can copy full image with acronis trial...

what back up can i do if my upgrade fail... should i try to restore it to another pc first before i touch my actual server??
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NetfloCommented:
Yes, you can take a full image with a trial, see this link: http://kb.acronis.com/content/2768

Well take a full Acronis image and also take a full NT Backup up of your system too. No you don't restore to another PC as it will blue screen on boot up.

If you see my previous post, you would remove the original smaller drives and restore the image onto the larger drives. In the even of a failure or unexpected boot, you can swap the drives over again back to the originals.

I would ensure you check out a view YouTube clips to understand the process of running an Acronis boot CD, so you are familiar with what to expect and how long this process can take depending on the amount of data you have on your server. Typically expect 2-4 to backup to USB / network share and similar time to restore.

The last thing I would want to see posted that you've made a pickle of it and need urgent help, planning and understanding is key! Do not proceed until you understand that what you're doing if done incorrectly will cause downtime.
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tankergoblinAuthor Commented:
Ok! i will try first and will get back to you soon..

just want to double confirm with you... i remove the old drive and replace the new drive and boot from bios... if anything happen what i need to do is just replace back the old drive back to the server and it will not cause any downtime... am i right??
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tankergoblinAuthor Commented:
which acronis should i use... there is a list there.
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tankergoblinAuthor Commented:
also can you provide me the link where can i find suitable acronis for my project? thank you.
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NetfloCommented:
What RAID card do you have? Do you have support with Dell?

Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 Server for Windows
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