Disk partioning

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by jawahar rajan, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. I have installed Windows 2003 small business edition, but
    did not create the disk partitions at the time of the
    installation. Can I now do do this, if so how can I do
    this. Do I need to re-install or do I have to user 3rd,
    party tools??

    Any help is appreciated

    jawahar rajan, Aug 31, 2004
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  2. I would suggest reformat and reinstall for several reasons:
    1. Gives you another chance at learning the SBS2003 process
    2. You can then direct which partitions you want to install Exchange, shared
    user space, etc.
    3. remove any doubts if you were to have problems down the road
    Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP], Aug 31, 2004
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  3. Hi Jawahar

    It wouldn't hurt to reinstall to get it like you want it this time. I
    wouldn't use third party tools. If your C partition is right size and you
    have unpartitioned space you can create the D partition and move Exchange
    and default data but again the reinstall will be a good practice for you.
    Read getting started on CD1 first.

    Frank McCallister
    Frank McCallister, Aug 31, 2004
  4. The cost of Disk Partitioning tools that will work with Server is very
    high - Server Magic is about $700.00

    Here is an easy method if you have a copy of Ghost.

    Perform a Disk to Disk copy from your current disk to an unformatted disk.
    Ghost will allow you to select the size of the primary partition on the
    Target disk.

    If you are still in Basic Disk configuration, almost any version of Ghost
    will work.
    For Dynamic Disk - I don't know if any version will work.
    Steve Bruce, mct, Aug 31, 2004
  5. jawahar rajan

    Thank you for using Microsoft Technical support

    The best option is to reinstall the server with the correct configuration.
    Ghost is not a very good option for a domain controller and if you look on
    symantec's website they don't support the product on a Microsoft Domain

    I hope this helps

    Doug Boyd

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Douglas Boyd [MSFT], Aug 31, 2004
  6. You may never have used Ghost to fill this need but that by itself does not
    make it a bad Idea.

    Didn't it work when you tried it ? It has worked for me with no residual

    Sometimes knowing what works for a fast recovery is better than limiting
    your options.
    Versatility in managing IT resources is a virtue.

    msce mct
    Steve Bruce, mct, Sep 1, 2004
  7. Doug,

    Did you know that most every Microsoft Training Center in the world uses
    Ghost to install their forest root domain controller in thousands of
    Classrooms per day ?
    Steve Bruce, mct, Sep 1, 2004
  8. jawahar rajan

    Ivo Guest

    Tried to make a image of a very small 40GB SBS2003 server system disk, wanted
    to expand the partitions (system & data) in the same go. When I rebooted from
    the clone disk, the system said: Access Protection... SAM Failed, Directory
    Services could not start.... Error status 0x0....2E1.
    I used Ghost 8.0 (boot from diskette). I don't understand this error
    message. Would it go away with Ghost 9.0?
    Thanks, Ivo
    Ivo, Nov 22, 2004
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