My Exchange 2010 Server (Dell R710 Windows Server 2008 R2) is running out of disk space. I’m preparing to add larger drives to one of the Virtual Disk arrays by swapping out the old 146 GB drives for 300 GB drives and then rebuilding the RAID 10 array where the Exchange Databases (EDB files) are located. I would like to keep the OS RAID 1 array untouched since Exchange is already installed on that Virtual Disk. First Question: Is this possible?
Next, after the RAID 10 array is rebuilt with the larger disks, I would like to restore the backups of the EDB files to the new Virtual Disk and then remount them to Exchange 2010. But I’m not sure how to go about the backup and restore process. Can just copy the EDB files to a drive or to tape, or do I need to run a special backup? I’m currently using Symantec BE 2014. Second Question: How do I backup and restore the Exchange databases.
Third Question: If the above tasks are possible, how long do you think it will take to complete from start to finish. The EDB files are about 390 GB, total.
Thanks in advance!