I have a Windows 2003 R2 SP2 64-bit server and of course, like most, need to extend the space on the OS Partition. The server configuration is 2 mirrored disks which house the OS Partition (C) and a data (D) partition. I added an additional 4 drives (E) and created a raid set where most 'data' sits. The Data parition (D) only hold 3 small applications which I am going to uninstall and the reclaim this space. I have been reading and have come to the consensus I should use Diskpart to extend the OS partiiton since the Data (D) drive will be free space and it is continuous space as well as resides on the same physical drive in the mirrored set. My question is, in reading, seems I need to create a bootable Windows PE Media disk to be able to boot and make the diskpart changes. I am unsure how to do this as I have been told/read that I should be using the options from a Windows 2008 server to do this. I do not have any servers running Windows 2008 in which I could use the Windows Automation Tools to build such a disk. SO, my question. What is an alternate method? Do I need the Windows PE Disk to use the diskpart tool to extend the partition? If so, do I need to use 2008, or can I install the Automation tools on this 2003 server and build it here?
Thanks in advance for your assistance.