Okay so you built your server, and you partitioned off your server back when Exchange was 16 gigs….. so…. uh…now that Exchange can expand as high as 75 gigs for both the public and private stores….. uh….now what?


Repartition is the name of the game [I can just see the SBS Podcast gang  possibly wincing on this one so I might ping this up to them as a question for this week’s podcast — so gang… how do you feel about repartitioning a domain controller?].


If you have a Dell system..there’s a specific Partition utility you need to get… it’s called the ExtPart.exe file to do this.  Call Dell and they can send you this to you.

The ExtPart utility:  

Windows 2000, Windows Powered, Multi Language, Multi System, v.1.0.4, A01
The ExtPart utility provides support for online volume expansion of NTFS
formatted basic disks in Dell PowerVault/PowerEdge
stand-alone or cluster configurations with Dell OpenManage Array Manager
installed. This is a self extracting file that will install
the extpart.exe utility. No reboot is necessary.
Before installing ExtPart and extending a volume, ensure you have a working
back up of your operating system.
This will allow you to quickly restore the previous operating system
configuration in the event you need to troubleshoot
your system. See your System Administrator’s Guide for more information on
creating a system state backup. Systems
Affected: Dell PowerVault/PowerEdge stand-alone or Cluster SE400, FE300 or
FE400 configuration.
Dell PowerVault 750N, 755N, 770N & 775N Please see the extpart.txt file for
system requirements, limitations and usage instructions.

Custom Instructions for ExtPart.exe:

Download

1. Click the “Download Now” link to download the file ExtPart.exe.
2. If the Export Compliance Disclaimer window appears, click the “I agree”
link to accept the agreement.
3. When the File Download window appears, click “Save” to save the file to
your hard drive.

Extract Files

1. Browse to the location where you downloaded the ExtPart.exe file and
double-click the file to unzip the download package.
Two files are included in this package, a text file and the utility
(extpart.txt and extpart.exe).
2. The default extract location is c:\dell\ExtPart. You can specify a
different location to unzip the files.
3. Click on the unzip button to extract files.

Before extending a volume using extpart.exe, ensure you have a working back
up of your operating system. This will allow you
to quickly restore the previous operating system configuration in the event
you need to troubleshoot your system. See your
System Administrator’s Guide for more information on creating a system state
backup.

 

One Response to Okay so my drives are THIS big and Exchange needs to be THAT big, now what?

  1. Mark B. says:

    When I run extpart I get the error message “Unable to connect to d: or it does not exist”. It most definitely exists, it’s an NTFS data volume on a Basic disk. the full syntax I am using:

    extpart d: 32600

    There is definitely 32 GB of unallocated space on the disk beyond the current D: partition. Anyone know what is going wrong?