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Windows Server 2000/2003 Thread, DC C: Drive almost full in Technical; Try GParted, i've use it before, even on DC's and it works fine. D...
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    Try GParted, i've use it before, even on DC's and it works fine.

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    I think the safest bet, if you have moved these other roles away from the DC with low space, is to create another server (physical or virtual) even on a standard PC box, make it a DC and then format the original machine.

    Once you have it back up and running you can demote your temporary DC.

    If you have quite a few VLAN's and dont want to change the ip helper adresses you can always change the IP of the original server and give it to the temporary one.

    To save you having to re-set up DHCP you can take a full backup and recover it to the new temporary server, and back again after you have done the format.

    Hope that helps,
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    I've used Acronis Disk Director on our old PDC when the C: drive got too small. I had a stable backup DC too, but it moved it without the slightest issue. That machine has worked fine for a couple of years since.

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    It really annoys me when some companies just throw a server in without any thought about drive configuration or partition sizes. It is such a simple thing to configure pre-deployment but a PITA for the local support team left picking up the pieces when the “default” 10 or 12 GB system drive is full after one year of service.

    I agree that 10GB for the system drive of a DC should be sufficient, and as this server was also performing other rolls you should be able to free some additional space to buy some time.

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    When you have 10GB/12GB partitions, what do people do with the extra space on the HDD? Leave it unpartitioned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    When you have 10GB/12GB partitions, what do people do with the extra space? Leave it unpartitioned?
    just make the whole c drive a 68gb partition

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    just make the whole c drive a 68gb partition
    That's what I would do myself, although some companies like RM still partition the HDD for some bizarre reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    That's what I would do myself, although some companies like RM still partition the HDD for some bizarre reason.
    well i bet to be honest they probably don't know the full reasoning behind it! I would assume it comes from the days when hard drives where very expensive so small os partition means they can put other stuff on rest and its just kind of stuck!

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    One reason to partition the drive is if the server has multiple roles. If it's being used as a fileserver then you may not want the home drives on the same partition as Windows because if your quotas don't work properly then you can get either deliberate or accidental denial of service against the server just by filling up a group folder.

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    Personally I set my servers up with two 72gb disks in raid 1+0 and leave the whole thing as one Partition for C: and then create another raid array in raid 5 for other data which i then partition off inside windows for say d: and E: drives. Enless I am setting up a virtual machine where I set C: at around 30gb - but obviously not raided

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    There's anumber of reasons really. On a DC I tend to go for just a straight C: drive but on file servers or boxes with many roles 'if' there's only one disk (rare these days I know) then it can make sence to partition it. Imagine having a large disk with loads of data on C: and the OS goes wrong, you could end up formatting and then restoring hundreds of Gbs of data rather than just a quick 10-20Gb restore of the OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamchapman View Post
    I'm in the same boat - but it's not the previous netman's fault..

    less than 500MB available on most servers!!! When setup, the C partition was only 10GB
    Even better was the fact that there was only about 230GB for the entire school's data!

    I'm quite proud that I managed to keep it running for so long without any major hiccups. Kept it running for a week with about 100MB of free space on C at one point.

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    Hi Al,

    Guess who's just ordered a 4 x 1TB server!

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    In the interests of not hijacking the thread, I've emailed you!

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    The one and only server I have here was set up nearly 5 years ago, not by me, with total disk space of 140GB for everything for the whole school...

    With severe deletion during the holidays, I currently have 40% free space on average between the partitions; which will see me through this term, hopefully. I need to, but can't, update WSUS as it requires 20GB for the database alone and I only have 19GB space available in the application partition. Last summer I was promised a new server, but it looks like I've got a fight on my hands to get one now



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