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Adding hard drives to Unity after install

We want to add three drives to Unity, unfortunately, after install of the application. Can we do the upgrade without screwing up the install? We are thinking about running the COMPAQ Smart Start to get these new drives in the picture? Any issues with that dongle?

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Re: Adding hard drives to Unity after install

I'm not familiar with the Smart Start application but I can't imagine it'd interfere with the dongle...

I'd be more worried about how you're going to shuffle data around across those drives (are these drives for a SCSI array?).

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Re: Adding hard drives to Unity after install

It is a brand new box with no data on it.

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Re: Adding hard drives to Unity after install

I am assuming that this a real Compaq server, or one of the new MCS "G2"

servers allowing you to add three more drives to the existing two.

I do not see how the dongle would be affected by this type of upgrade; as I

have not seen in the licensing screens any mention of storage capacity.

Depending on how the original drives were partitioned in NT, you would

probably add the new three drives as a new RAID 5 logical partition, and

would have to partition these drives in NT assigning new unique drive

letters to these new partition(s).

You would then want to move the logs / message store to these new

partitions as you see fit.

Since you stated that this is a new system, the move should not take that

long for the system to perform.

What you do with the original NT partitions for logs and message store is

up to you.

But beware that both the "run-time" Exchange that is included with Unity

and "real" Exchange standard edition have message store / storage limits

which may limit how much of this new storage capacity you can utilize.

If you installed this as a component system with Exchange Enterprise

edition, the above warning is not an issue.

Hope this helps.

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