Resize windows 2003 server OS system partition

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by RayRogers, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. RayRogers

    RayRogers Guest

    Aanyone have any suggestion on what will be the good and relaible software
    allow me to resize the partition that has Windows 2003 OS installed? I need
    to increase the size for OS/system portion. Thanks in advance!!!
    RayRogers, Apr 18, 2009
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  2. That depends. What do you have? A DC? Exchange? SQL? Or are they all on the
    same server?

    The *best* way is to back it up completely selecting a System State and full
    C: drive, reinstall it with the new size and same SP level and hotfixes,
    then restore.

    However if Exchange is on it, or it is a DC with Exchange, this complicates
    things. Normally a System State backup is not recommended using the same
    backup as an Exchange info store backup.

    Other methods that are **_NOT SUPPORTED_** is ghosting it, then ghosting it
    back specifying a new size, or Partition Magic's Server magic. But like I
    said, these are not supported and if anamolies arise afterwards that cause
    production issues, connectivity, replication problems services not starting,
    etc, they will either be difficult or impossible to fix wtihout a reinstall,
    especially if a DC.


    This posting is provided "AS-IS" with no warranties or guarantees and
    confers no rights.

    Ace Fekay, MCSE 2003 & 2000, MCSA 2003 & 2000, MCSA Messaging, MCT
    Microsoft Certified Trainer

    For urgent issues, you may want to contact Microsoft PSS directly. Please
    check for regional support phone numbers.
    Ace Fekay [Microsoft Certified Trainer], Apr 18, 2009
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  3. RayRogers

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    It's a SQL2005 server. I saw third party software called partition manager,
    any idea if they work for server OS partition? Thanks.
    RayRogers, Apr 20, 2009
  4. As I previously mentioned, you would want to look into Server Magic, which
    is actually Partition Magic's version for servers.

    Ace Fekay [Microsoft Certified Trainer], Apr 20, 2009
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