Windows 2008 R2, extending the system partition?

Posted on 2013-09-03
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Hi, one of my customers servers is running out of space on the Windows 2008 R2 system partition.
Is it true theat you can convert the volume from basic to dynamic and extend the partition, and if so, is doing that riskfree?
The system partition contains an installation of MS Exchange, so I am worried that something could go wrong, and destroy the partition or make the installation of the OS and Exchange "buggy".
Most greatful for tips of your experiences!
Question by:Mistlur

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raypedong earned 750 total points
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Before extending the partition you need to first determine what causes the system drive to fill up. Will that because that the exchange transaction logs located in the same system drive? if yes, instead of extending the system drive, simply move the transaction log location to a different partition and do a full backup to flush the transaction logs.

Hope this helps.


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by:Patrick Bogers
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If this customer runs a raid set on which you can add extra harddisks (or replace the raid-set completely with bigger harddrives) you can use basic and simply extend the partition without much risk but as always, backup backup! (just in case)
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by:Pramod Ubhe
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Is it a virtual server or physical server. Virtual servers are the most easiest to expand drives (including C: drive) without any downtime but yes there is some risk in physical server.

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Thanks guys, I ran Diskcleanup and got rid of 5 Gb, and I will keep in mind that it is less risk with expanding on a virtual disk, wich is my case.

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