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Can I move the  sysvol share on a windows 2008 DC?

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Hi folks,

I have 5 servers, 2 of which are DCs - DC1 and EXCH1

DC1 has 3 volumes, C :, D: and E: plus the CD-rom etc.

During the installation (4 years ago) there was just C: and E:. The sysvol share was installed on the E: for some bizarre reason - I certainly didn't tell it to do that. E: was also the location of the fileshares and had a capacity of 2TB.  

Now, the share size has exceeded the 2TB limit and I had to add a 4TB RAID as drive D:  I couldn't expand the E: disk as it was formatted MBR. All shares have been successfully moved across on to the new disk.

So I want to dismantle the RAID that drive E: sits on - only that's where the SYSVOL share is located.

Is there a way to safely relocate it to the C: drive?
Without screwing it all up?

Thanks


Screen snip of sysvol folder
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You can do it manually but the recommended method is to demote/promote the box.  More on that here

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc816594(v=ws.10).aspx

Thanks

Mike
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Thanks for that Mike.  It looks a bit hairy though.  

Having said that, I would be more uncomfortable demoting/promoting the server and the effects it would have on things.  The whole environment is Windows Essential Business Server 2008 which MS promptly dropped. There's an ISA server in there too, system centre essentials and a bunch of wizards.  I'm just not sure how that would all react to a standard demoting and re-promoting procedure.

I'll have to give this careful consideration.  I plan to apply a "make it right" kit which MS offered following the announcement of dropping EBS, but that could 3 - 6 months down the line.

The E: and D: volumes are on a DAS RAID unit.  E: is composed of 6 x 500GB sata disks.  I know I'm off the subject a bit, but could I shrink the RAID to a simple RAID 1?  Its all HP gear.

thanks again.
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I think I'll go with the demote/promote option.  Thanks.
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