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Jan
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comment Upgrading hard drive on exchange server
I like the idea of this approach....it would be ideal if I didn't need to re-install anything. I have never mirrored a drive before I assume it migrates everything including the OS?
Dec
31
comment Upgrading hard drive on exchange server
@ChrisS Well if I don't have an SAS controller then I would be limited to SATA (Red or RE). I am just looking for a hard-drive which is going to have longevity really and a good warranty policy, those ones seem to fit the bill. I was advised in the answers to go for more enterprise specific HDDs which is why I am eliminating the Green/Blue as they are designed for desktop usage not server.
Dec
31
comment Upgrading hard drive on exchange server
@ChrisS I think I would need to look at the XE/RE ones and avoid the Green/Blue completely as they aren't enterprise specific ones. I assume the server won't have a SAS controller so I would need to go with SATA.
Dec
31
comment Upgrading hard drive on exchange server
@ChrisS from speaking to other people I don't think those particular drives are the correct ones I should be looking at. I think I need to look at enterprise-class ones instead.
Dec
31
comment Upgrading hard drive on exchange server
@longneck I definitely share your concerns, I will get the full spec of the server and post it when I get a chance. Any part in particular you would be interested in? TomTom I agree, I have actually suggested looking at virtual/cloud hosting and getting rid of the headache of server maintenance completely, however, I think their trying to keep expenditure to a minimum. The way they see it they have a server which needs more space so they want to upgrade it. My initial thought was a simple RAID setup would be all that's needed here, but after this discussion I am beginning to think not...
Dec
31
comment Upgrading hard drive on exchange server
@Phil Just to pick up on that - the email load is not really that high, I would say roughly 100 emails a day max. In terms of performance, it's coped perfectly fine for the past 2 years there has never been any complaints about it so I think an enterprise HDD would be fine, however, if I could get an SSD (at least big enough storage) for relatively cheap I would possibly opt for that. I definitely want to get a RAID1 setup going on as there is nothing on the server at the moment for automatic backups, are there only specific HDDs which allow RAID?
Dec
31
comment Upgrading hard drive on exchange server
@TomTom cool thanks for the info on the SSDs, will defo look into them then if the lifetime isn't as unreliable as I have read. longneck - sorry to be persistent on this as I may well be wrong, but what evidence are you referring to which makes you think this isn't a proper server? I haven't given any spec other than the fact it had a 25GB HDD (which I also haven't given any spec on in terms of make/model etc). Perhaps the HDD I have referred to buying is thrown you off as it's not a server specific one, that's probably just a mistake on my part though.
Dec
31
comment Upgrading hard drive on exchange server
thanks for the response. How would I differentiate "desktop-class" hardware from enterprise-class? I don't have the spec of the machine in front of me so I can't give all the details, however, I seem to have said something that has made everyone think otherwise? Is it the choice of HDD? Like I mentioned in a comment in the other answer, I didn't purchase the server, however, it was bought for server specific reasons by someone who apparently does this for a living so I can only assume it is a proper server.
Dec
31
comment Upgrading hard drive on exchange server
@longneck thanks for the advice. I don't have the spec of the machine in front of me right now, but I would hope that it is a proper server given it was bought for the purpose of being one! If that is the case, is a HDD upgrade all I need here? I would make sure I bought a server specific HDD...
Dec
31
comment Upgrading hard drive on exchange server
@TomTom I would be hesitant to look at SSDs for this as I have read their lifetime is relatively shorter compared to standard HDDs (albeit lightning fast, I have one on my home computer). Longneck - you keep mentioning real server, could you be more specific? The machine that's there I assume is good enough for what it needs to do. I would actually like to look at a RAID setup considering there is nothing there at the moment, I could do that without upgrading the actual server itself could I not?
Dec
31
comment Upgrading hard drive on exchange server
@TomTom I see your point. The server itself was bought in 2010 so it's relatively new hence why I am saying there is not much point in replacing it. Actually, AFAIK it was spec'd by an IT consultant who works for a company who specialise in enterprise backups etc which I am shocked about considering it is running 2003 & only had a 25GB HDD, especially considering he knew what the purpose of the server was for. The only reason I can think of would be budget limitations as the company was only just starting up back then.
Dec
31
comment Upgrading hard drive on exchange server
@TomTom Just to be clear, I didn't purchase the server and I agree SBS 2003 is old. However, it hasn't failed for the past 2 years and the strain/demand from the server is most likely not going to change so I don't understand why your adament it will fail? Obviously hardware in general will hit EOF at some point, however, there is no immediate reason to go out and spend money a new server when it's not needed.
Dec
31
comment Upgrading hard drive on exchange server
Don't really see what your getting at here? The machine is more than capable of doing the job it was bought to do....it has done so for the past 2 years. The HDD is now at max capacity and I need to upgrade it. I don't need enterprise grade storage, this is a small office which runs at max 3 people. Also, this is not an answer to my question, please delete and make it a comment.
Jul
11
comment Configuring IIS site to use HTTPS
Turns out it was a mixture of a couple of things. Port 443 was indeed being forwarded to a UPnP server and the firewall on the actual server was blocking port 443. Sorted now :)
Jul
10
comment Configuring IIS site to use HTTPS
Good shout I use IISExpress when debugging sites in VS. Will have a look and see if it's compatible with XP.
Jul
10
comment Configuring IIS site to use HTTPS
Haha couldn't agree more!! I am just glad that I wasn't going insane and I in fact did configure the site correctly for SSL after all :)
Jul
10
comment Configuring IIS site to use HTTPS
I just installed Fiddler on the server (not sure why I didn't do that to start with :S) and ran the same command via HTTPS and it worked! (weirdly though the response wasn't encrypted in fiddler and I haven't enabled the decrypt HTTPS option). However, I think it proves that it is definitely an issue at the router. The request is never reaching the server it must be getting routed elsewhere. Thanks for your help mate
Jul
10
comment Configuring IIS site to use HTTPS
Brilliant never knew you could do that :) It's IIS (inetinfo.exe) so not quite sure where the Apache server is coming from. The only thing I can think of is there is perhaps some port forwarding going on at the router. This would actually make sense of the 404s. I don't have access to the router but I have sent this onto the sys admin.
Jul
10
comment Configuring IIS site to use HTTPS
There does indeed seem to be something else listening on that port as I got TCP MachineName:https MachineName:0 LISTENING in the list. I noticed that TeamViewer was running on the server which I think by default listens on port 80 & 443. I disabled that though and still got the same problem. Not really sure what else could be listening on there.
Jul
10
comment Configuring IIS site to use HTTPS
I have updated my post to include the response I get from fiddler. Doesn't make sense right away, the server isn't an Apache Server :S