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Converting spanned dynamic disk

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I inherited an Exchange 2010 server that has a bunch of dynamic disks. To make matters worse, some of the drives are spanned across multiple dynamic disks. I want to clean it up since it's just a mess and I can't get a proper backup.

Not sure if this helps or hinders, but it is a VM on Hyper-V.

I started by setting up a couple of new VHDs and going to be moving the stores and logs to those. One of the spanned dynamic drives has the Exchange install.

Here's the mess:
It hurts!
Would it be easier to set up a new box with the same name with the /disaster recovery switch? Or since I have the space set up a new Exchange server and move everything to that?

The saving grace is that this is not production. It is purely a historical archive.
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Seth Simmons earned 500 total points
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i would setup a correctly configured new guest and migrate mailboxes over
that configuration with those dynamic disks is obsurd
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by:noxcho
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You can move the whole configuration via backup and recovery to single HDD or to tao HDDs.
This works as follows: backup and then restore.
But imho simple is when you move the mailboxes to new configuration.
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by:mvalpreda
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Seth- I could not agree more! I saw that and about had a stroke.

I think I am just going to set up a new VM.
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by:Gerald Connolly
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Oh wow, what a mess! Lets hope the LUNs presented are RAID underneath. IF not you need to get your data Backed up ASAP and then re-arrange that mess into something that has some redundancy e.g RAID10 for your Exchange DB, the rest can be on RAID-1/RAID-6, although you need more disks to implement that.
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Gave up and set up a new Exchange machine. This was just silly.
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