Exchange drive rebuild

pts.
Tags:
Exchange 2003
Windows Server 2003
Hi, I have to rebuild an array where the exchange install and database sits. What is the best ways to do it? server config - win2003 & Exch2003 disk c: - system. wont be disturbed. disk d: - exchange is installed and the database is in that drive. Its a single site install. Need to blow away and rebuild d:. I am using Arcserve for windows and the backup agent for exchange. I am thinking of doing a restore of all the files in d: and if necessary do restore of exchange server - database level. Any thoughts would be most welcome. Regards Kumar

Answer Wiki

Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.

If you’re going to blow away the whole D drive and reconfigure the array, I’d shut down and disable all Exchange services and anything else that touched the D drive and then do a full file system backup. That way, all of the Exchange files (databases, etc.) are simple files and will be captured. After you rebuild the array, just do a full restore of the D drive and you “should” be good to go. You shouldn’t have to do anything special with Exchange at that point–just re-enable the services and reboot the server.

I think this approach will be infinitely easier than getting into the Exchange database restores–unless you want practice with that (not a bad idea from a disaster recovery standpoint).

Hope this helps.

Discuss This Question: 3  Replies

 
There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.
Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.
Send me notifications when members answer or reply to this question.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
  • Juscelino
    Are you running RAID? Obviously, depends on which level of RAID, but if you are and it's an option, why don't you simply insert a new hard drive and have it rebuild itself? I don't know enough details which is why I throwing the simplest answer I could think of out there...
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Espettit
    The easiest way to do this is to shut down E2K3,set the services to manual, backup all the files on D:, Re-build it & then restore all the files. Then re-set the services to auto & re-start. It should come right back up.
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Maclanachu
    If u have a svr u can test, might not b a bad idea to do an offline defrag of the DBs .edb & .stm. Esp if u have deleted mailboxes from it. Restore the DB to ur test svr. Then run the integrity check and defrag. Run isinteg.exe first then eseutil.exe. Great for cleaning up if u have been having problems with backups like I was. I say run it on a test svr first, by restoring ur EX to it in case it stuffs up and corrupts ur DB. This way when u do ur Restore it will b nice and clean! Defrags can take time tho. A defrag of EX2K3 standard 13.5GB took me over 4 hours of an early sunday morning. (Doncha love those?!) It was a PIII 1GB RAM with Raid5. Good luck! Brian
    0 pointsBadges:
    report

Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

To follow this tag...

There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Thanks! We'll email you when relevant content is added and updated.

Following