I have a server on one of my networks that is running Exchange 2003. Yes, we will be upgrading to 2010 in about 6 months with new hardware and all, but for now I need to make sure this is stable and safe. So for now I wanted to ask advice for backing up and disaster recovery of this server. Here are the specifics:
This server is running Windows 2003 Server and Exchange 2003 with all updates and patches. The hardware is a Dell PowerEdge 1850 with no RAID card. The OS and data partitions are both on a single SCSI drive in the first slot 0. Right now the second drive is blank.
We are backing up the server using online NTBACKUP, and a hard disk Barracuda solution that uses a backup client to copy up the mail store to a local backup server and keep copies off site as well. We currently have no brick-level or offline backups in place.
In protecting this server my first thought is the drive. I can create a software mirror to the second drive, but I will need to convert the disk from basic to dynamic to do this. I am a little scared to do this, since I seem to remember doing this many years ago and having a problem (like the disk didn't boot after the conversion or something).
We just purchased an identical PowerEdge from overstock.com (believe it or not), so I have that to work with. And I also have several blank SCSI drives I can use for this.
So my question is what would you do to protect this server, knowing how it is set up and what I have available?