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    Hello all,

    I have an Exchange 2000 server on which I need to upgrade the harddrives. I have been Googling for related articles for quite some time now, and have found several in bits and pieces on the internet, but I am still trying to fill in gaps in the puzzle!

    This is what I have to do:
    The Exchange 2000 server has 8 drives; first 2 on a mirror (with drives C & D), remaining 6 on a RAID-5 (drive E). C has Windows 2000 SP4 and Exchange 2000 SP3 on it; D has the Exchange logs; E has the Exchange database. We decided to increase hard-drive space to support more users, so we need to replace the current 8 hdd's (33 GB's) with new ones (146 GB's).

    Has anyone done something like this before?! What would be the best way of accomplising this!? Several MS articles state that "you might run into severe problems" if the new hardware is "not identical" to the old hardware! Does this mean new harddrives too? We are just increasing the size of the hard-drives; all other hardware remains exactly the same.

    Any help/guidance is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks.

  • #2
    Re: Upgrade hardware (drives) on Exchange 2000 server

    There is only one way I would do this and that would be to swing to a new server. Anything else puts the data at risk.

    You might get away with stopping Exchange and disabling the services. Then moving the database files to another server somewhere (with enough space). Swapping the disks, recreate the file structure and then copying the data back before starting the services again. However there are an awful lot of "ifs" in that, and it is not something I would be comfortable recommending to someone over the internet.

    Simon.
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    • #3
      Re: Upgrade hardware (drives) on Exchange 2000 server

      Wow! I was hoping I wouldn't have to "swing", cause I don't have another server to spare for Exchange! What if we view this from a different perspective - Disaster Recovery?!! So assume the server just crashed and we lost all our hdd's, and then had to recover the server from backups.

      I am referring to the Exchange 2000 Server Resource Kit (Recovering an Exchange 2000 Member Server section), a bunch of KB articles from MS, etc.

      Thanks a bunch anyway, Simon. Anyone else has any other ideas/suggestions!?

      Thanks,
      Vinay.

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      • #4
        Re: Upgrade hardware (drives) on Exchange 2000 server

        What you do in a disaster is different to what you can do when you can avoid the problem.

        If you wanted to test the air bags in your car, you wouldn't drive in to a tree?

        If I am doing something planned, then I do not want to use disaster recovery procedures. That is high risk and if I can avoid it I will.
        The "server" that you swing to does not have to be another server. I have used workstations in the past.

        As I said, you don't need to use swing, you could get away with the file copying process, but if the server hasn't been configured correctly that may not work.

        Simon.,
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        Simon Butler
        Exchange MVP

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        • #5
          Re: Upgrade hardware (drives) on Exchange 2000 server

          I understand your "car-air bags" analogy! I havent done swing anytime before, and havent looked into it much until now. Will start looking more into this; I think I remember MS having some articles on this.

          Its good this is in planning phase - no specific deadline as such. But I am hoping to get this done in the next couple of weeks, 3 weeks at most - swing or no swing.

          Thanks!
          Vinay.

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          • #6
            Re: Upgrade hardware (drives) on Exchange 2000 server

            Microsoft have their guides, I have my own as well at http://www.amset.info/exchange/migration.asp

            The only problem you have with Exchange 2000 is that replication of the public and system folders is very slow. Trying to do the swing over a weekend is not possible.

            The file copy method may work though.

            Simon.
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            Exchange MVP

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            • #7
              Re: Upgrade hardware (drives) on Exchange 2000 server

              Hey Thanks for your guide! Will be using it for sure (if we do swing).

              You mentioned that Exchange 2000 replication is slow; is it faster in 2003!? Reason for asking is all this that I am working on is part of the upgrade plan to Ex 2003. I was going to replace harddrives first and then do an in-place upgrade to Ex 2003.

              Do you think it will be easier doing the upgrade to Ex 2003 first, then replace server harddrives?!

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              • #8
                Re: Upgrade hardware (drives) on Exchange 2000 server

                I don't in place upgrade for any reason at all. The speed issue is getting off Exchange 2000. Therefore if you can swing, I would suggest doing an upgrade at the same time, with the current Exchange server upgraded to both Windows 2003 and Exchange 2003 for when you swing the data back. That will leave you with a clean installation of both Windows and Exchange.

                Simon.
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                Exchange MVP

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                More Exchange Content: http://exchange.sembee.info/
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                • #9
                  Re: Upgrade hardware (drives) on Exchange 2000 server

                  Hey Simon,

                  The reason I am (or was) a little hesitant of swing is cause.. its gonna take several more steps to get it right.. and thus more chances of making mistakes! We have a Barracuda Spam firewall for filtering spam, and also a BlackBerry server! I will have to make sure they point to the correct server during every phase. But if I can upgrade to Win 2003/ Ex 2003 in the same process.. this might be the way to go after all!

                  Lets see.. I am looking at various options right now. Also, if buying a brand new server and putting Exchange 2003 on it turns out to be the simplest - and most importantly "safest" - way out, we might have to end up going that route!

                  Thanks for everything though! I will keep you guys posted.

                  Vinay.
                  Last edited by svinay23; 30th September 2007, 20:57.

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