Exact copy of Exchange Server

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Exchange 2003
Exchange databases
Exchange Server backup
Exchange server data management and storage
iSCSI
RAID
RAID 5
I have Exchange 2003 in my domain, and I'm running out of storage. I have done 2 defragments for the databases already (I did that on another computer by copying the edb and stm files, defragment them and then move them back to place). But now I'm running out of space again. I have no room for HDD additions (have 6 SCSI mirrored HDDs). What I want to do is build another temporary Exchange server, move the databases and put it online then go back to my, now offline, original Exchange server and change the mirror RAID to RAID 5. Then move everything back to it's original place. Parallel to that, I'll start an archiving policy for users to archive old emails in a network share. Now, my question is simply, is that possible?

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Build your temp machine with exchange and add to exchange domain as second server, move over the datastores while live and active on both exchange boxes. this will ensure consistency on the mailboxes, remove the old server through the exchange console and bring it down. rebuild your old box and reverse.

simple solution and easy to accomplish

hope this helps

Paul

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Dear friend,
ever considered the solution of ISCSI ?
it will allow you to keep your original server online and put additional hd’s in thought the network.
you can use a NAS for that purpose.

good luck friend.

jubai05

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