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Change Partition size on Hp Pro ML570 G2

lidayong
Occasional Advisor

Change Partition size on Hp Pro ML570 G2

Condition:
Hp Pro ML570 G2;
RAID 1, tow storage 36G;
Smart Array Controller 642;
Windows Server 2003;
Tow servers which have same configuration.
Question:
The Size of C is too small, I want to change it. But I must ensure Domain controller runing.
I want to solve it as follow:
1. Copy necessary data of Domain controller.
2. Pull out one storage drive(2) and insert into the other server without any other storage drive.
3. Setup the storage drive(2),then install and configure Windows server 2003 and ensure it same as old Domain controller.
4. Resume data of the old Domain controller on the "new Domian Controller".
5. Erase the storage drive(1) of old Domain controller .
6. Install the storage drive(2) on old Domain controller, then insert (1) into it.
7. Configure RAID 1 newly.
Can I do it on the way?
What I must prepare?
Plese teach, thanks.

Li dayong
14 REPLIES
Igor Karasik
Honored Contributor

Re: Change Partition size on Hp Pro ML570 G2

How many partitions you have on RAID1 ?
What is the disk C size ?
I don't think your plan will work:
you cannot copy Domain controller data and move it to different server, only "dcpromo" operation may be used.
lidayong
Occasional Advisor

Re: Change Partition size on Hp Pro ML570 G2

Complementarity:
tow Partition: C(about 6GB)
I need to copy ActiveDirectory data only.
Igor Karasik
Honored Contributor

Re: Change Partition size on Hp Pro ML570 G2

Much easier will be use partition resizing software to resize C partition.
You can use, for example, Partition manager
http://www.partition-manager.com/corporate/server/
or Symantec VolumeManager
http://sea.symantec.com/content/product.cfm?productid=7

You can move page file from disk C to free some space as well.
lidayong
Occasional Advisor

Re: Change Partition size on Hp Pro ML570 G2

I have tried to use PQMagic 4.0 to solve the problem, but no success.Because the setup of storage drive used SmartStart.
Igor Karasik
Honored Contributor

Re: Change Partition size on Hp Pro ML570 G2

I don't think it is related to fact you use SmartStart to create RAID1.
If PQMagic 4.0 = Partition Magic, you use outdated version. Current version of Partition magic is 8.05.
Anyway, DO FULL BACKUP before any partition utility using.
lidayong
Occasional Advisor

Re: Change Partition size on Hp Pro ML570 G2

Thank you, Iqor karasik.
I write error, the soft is PQ ServerMagic 4.0. I tried it at Nov 11 2005 and telephoned to HP. A technician told me no best way that adjust partition size but no destroy data. So I suppose if there is a best way.
Ruslan
Respected Contributor

Re: Change Partition size on Hp Pro ML570 G2

As Igor suggested you can use "disk expansion" software. It's the simplest way. I prefer Acronis. It's create bootable CD (as other software) for resizing operation with GUI.
Don't move drives between server - you can crash OS.
Dwayne Skinner
Frequent Advisor

Re: Change Partition size on Hp Pro ML570 G2

Can you point the Active Directory information to another drive before you do the work? I'm not sure but I think you can change the folder location of the databases then reboot so that it takes affect. This would at least get the AD data onto another set of harddrives.
Patrick Terlisten
Honored Contributor

Re: Change Partition size on Hp Pro ML570 G2

Hello Li dayong,

do you have free space at the end of your C: partition? If yes, please take a look at the diskpart utilitiy from microsoft.

http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb%3Ben-us%3B325590&x=22&y=13

Regards,
Patrick
Best regards,
Patrick
lidayong
Occasional Advisor

Re: Change Partition size on Hp Pro ML570 G2

Thanks for help.
I accept your advices and try to solve it .
The domain server must be running everyday.
terjes
Occasional Visitor

Re: Change Partition size on Hp Pro ML570 G2

I have the same situation. I would like to try Storage Foundation from Veritas. You can get a 60 day trial. Can you please tell me if you have manage to resize yor partition, and how you did it. You can not use diskpart from microsoft on a systemdrive.
terjes
Occasional Visitor

Re: Change Partition size on Hp Pro ML570 G2

You can also do it the hard way:

1. Install the server disk as a slave disk in some Win2000/XP PC.
2. Use xcopy.exe with the appropriate switches to copy the
server partition to the primary active partition of a spare disk.
Make sure to copy all hidden and system files.
3. Install the spare disk in your server, then reboot it with your
Win2000 server CD to get into the Recovery Console.
4. Run the commands fixboot and fixmbr to restore your
boot environment.
5. Boot the server with this spare disk. If it works flawlessly
then you know that you have successfully cloned your
server disk.
6. Repartition the original server disk on the Win2000/XP PC,
then use the same process as above to restore the system.
shun_1
Occasional Advisor

Re: Change Partition size on Hp Pro ML570 G2

It is easy to solve this problem now, you should abandon the idea that delete the partition and recreate a large partition or transfer to another large disk to solve low disk space problem, nowdays, you can resize the partitions directly, very easy. new technology make our life easier. see http://www.partition-tool.com/partition-magic/change-partition-size-server-2003.htm hope it can help others.
zigong
Occasional Advisor

Re: Change Partition size on Hp Pro ML570 G2

I like to use easeus partition software, works well on my server, most important, it can expand the partition without rebooting or data lossing, great tool.
http://www.partition-tool.com/resource/repartition-server.htm