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The root drive c:\ of our CAS server is running out of disk space.
It is a VM  VMware v5.1
 
Can the drive be extended, the OS is on this drive.
 
Being I am not an Exchange person can someone give me suggestions on this.

Do I have to build another machine

The CAS is NLB.
Server is 2008 Rd


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imkotteesSenior Messaging Engineer

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Yes, it is possible with 2008

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Yes it can be extended via VMware with out hurting the OS?
imkotteesSenior Messaging Engineer

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Yes, I've just tried in my UAT setup.

Still I would recommend to perform this in the off business hours.

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The reason I ask is because the answers are decided some say yes some say no and this is a production
imkotteesSenior Messaging Engineer

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I understand, I also tried in UAT only not in production.

You can check with any one of the testing server.
Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information Technology
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My recommendation would be to clone the VM, boot it up without network connected and try extending.  That would be the safest way of doing it.
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Thanks but I want to make sure this is a Exchange 2008 CAS server, and even though this is a windows system this contains Exchange.

This is different than having just an OS, how will this affect Exchange?
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Your right this drive c:\  is only 40GB and the updates are taking up space.   Everything else is fine.
IIS logs are fine.
Whoever built the machine only configured the root drive C:\ to 40GB.  Go figure.

This server is ONLY CAS and nothing else.

It is Exchange 2007 [typo].

I will try increasing the volume of the root drive.   Fingers crossed nothing happens to the OS and Exchange.
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Yea, that is small. For a quick fix though check your C:\INETPUB\LOGS\LOGFILES\W3SVC1.
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yeah 40 is definitely too small
if the system has 8gb (for example) and system managed page file then 20% disk space is used for that right off the top.  windows folder is probably a good 20gb more so in that case i would make it larger

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After checking IIS logs, they are fine, it is the drive is too small at 40GB.

We are using VMware v5.1, just to re-iterate, since this is a production box,  giving the C:\ root drive more space through VMware will not cause our system to go down or have any issues.

This is just a CAS server role.

thanks for all your answers/suggestions.
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Nope. That is perfectly fine to expand the disk. Just did it a couple of weeks ago for someone on ESXi 5.1.

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Understood, but are you guys extending the partition with Exchange 2007 installed or just extending the OS with basic applications?

Exchange is a different animal, and that is what my main concern is.

thanks
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I have done both.

Of course, it goes without saying, make sure you have a good backup.

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thanks for all your responses

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thanks for everything.
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