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    OK, our Exchange 2010 does have 500+ gig information store, adding additional hard drive is not an option, there is no space on the Rock Server, should I build additional Exchange 2010 server and move half the mailboxes on it or????

    Thanks.

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    Re: What are my options???

    You can certainly do that, although the costs for the Server and Exchange licenses may be greater than adding storage to your existing box
    Why is additional storage "not an option"?
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    • #3
      Re: What are my options???

      There is no more hard drives slots available on my Dell 2950 Server, is there external hard drive available and is it fast enough to support Exchange 2010??

      Thanks.

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      • #4
        Re: What are my options???

        That depends on the type of external storage.

        If you have sufficient network bandwidth (1 Gbps or more), an iSCSI-capable NAS unit may be worth considering.

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        • #5
          Re: What are my options???

          There are always storage options.
          For the Dell, put in a RAID card with external drive support and put in a drive extender. Pick up a used PowerVault off eBay and put new hard disks in it.

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          • #6
            Re: What are my options???

            Depending on how long it's been since it's last attempt, defragging the database could save you some space. Every time you delete a mailbox, you're basically just deleting the pointer, as the size of the database doesn't change. The space that mailbox took up won't be reclaimed until the DB is defragged.

            Now comes the downside: in order to defrag an Exchange database, you'll need enough free space to at least equal the size of the DB. Basically what it does is build another database without including the blanks left by mailbox deletion.

            I ran an Exchange environment consisting of 6 stores, the combined databases equalling over 1 TB, with ~4,800 users. The DBs were stored on a HP EVA 4400, with a 1 GB iSCSI connection with no performance issues. We stored mailboxes and logs on the EVA in different vdiscs. You want a laugh? The server on which Exchange was run was a HP DL580 G3, which was about a decade old when I left.

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            • #7
              Re: What are my options???

              A defrag of the database isn't really an option here in my view.

              You have to take the database offline while you do it, and even on decent hardware it will run at around 4gb per hour. If the database is 500gb then you are looking at 5 days of downtime. Love to see someone agree to that!

              Offline defrags are also not risk free, data loss should be expected.

              Simon.
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