SBS2K3/EX2K3 STD: Having hit the 16GB limit, will installing SP2 work?

SBS2K3/EX2K3 STD: Having hit the 16GB limit, will installing SP2 work?

Post by PGC » Sat, 07 Oct 2006 19:01:21


Hi all,

I've just hit the 16GB limit on Exchange Std Edition 2003 running on an SBS
2K3 server. I have looked at the MS suggestions for fixing this problem and
they offer 4 methods which in summary are;

Upgrade to Ex Ent.
Apply SP2
Temp increase limit to 16GB + 1GB temp and do a few laps
Use ExMerge and migrate some mailboxes

My preferred solution would be to apply SP2 and be done with it. Before I do
this though I would like to know if there are any implications in applying
SP2 when the IS has already hit it's limit and shutdown?

Any gotcha's I should be aware of?

Thanks in advance,

PGC
 
 
 

SBS2K3/EX2K3 STD: Having hit the 16GB limit, will installing SP2 work?

Post by Mark Arnol » Sat, 07 Oct 2006 22:26:09

On Fri, 6 Oct 2006 11:01:21 +0100, "PGC"


They know you have SBS and they suggested an upgrade to Exchange
Enterprise? I wasn't sure you could do that and in any case it's an
appaling idea because it would cost you a lot in licences. Clowns.

Absolutley apply SP2 and then do the regedit to get yourself a higher
store limit. Don't bounce straight to 75GB unless you have a ton of
space and don't need to worry or have any other concerns.

 
 
 

SBS2K3/EX2K3 STD: Having hit the 16GB limit, will installing SP2 work?

Post by PGC » Sat, 07 Oct 2006 22:49:09

Hi Mark,

Thanks for getting back so quickly and with a positive (for me) answer. I've
paged back through all the articles I was reviewing on this and you're
right - the Ex Ent option was just a comment from someone about being able
to handle 8 Terrabytes
on their server - best of luck to them!

Since posting I have read another article which suggests that I should
update the SBS server to SP1 in order to get all the benefits of Ex SP2.
Reading the rel notes on SBS SP1 I can see a lot of time passing before I
actually get Exchange going again. If you were in this position, would you
go for a full server update first??

Thanks again,

Paul
 
 
 

SBS2K3/EX2K3 STD: Having hit the 16GB limit, will installing SP2 work?

Post by Nick Gillo » Sat, 07 Oct 2006 23:27:09

"If you were in this position"? Mark wouldn't even touch the SBS
packaging...

Install Windows 2003 SP1 then install Exchange 2003 SP2. You'll have about
an hour of downtime give or take (depending on the spec of the box etc). It
all goes smoothly. While you are doing downtime, windowsupdate is always a
bit of fun...
 
 
 

SBS2K3/EX2K3 STD: Having hit the 16GB limit, will installing SP2 work?

Post by Mark Arnol » Sat, 07 Oct 2006 23:28:36

On Fri, 6 Oct 2006 14:49:09 +0100, "PGC"



I wouldn't have gone near SBS in the first place so I'm not best
placed to comment.
I'd slide into the SBS groups and ask this one.
 
 
 

SBS2K3/EX2K3 STD: Having hit the 16GB limit, will installing SP2 work?

Post by PGC » Sat, 07 Oct 2006 23:44:11

Hi Nick,

Reading between the lines, I'd bet even if Mark was working with SBS he
wouldn't have found himself in this position anyway. :)

Thanks for the advice - will go with the full update (W2K3 SP1 + EXSP2).

Thanks again.

Paul
 
 
 

SBS2K3/EX2K3 STD: Having hit the 16GB limit, will installing SP2 work?

Post by Ed Crowley » Sun, 08 Oct 2006 01:44:07

"I'm melting!"
--
Ed Crowley
MVP - Exchange
"Protecting the world from PSTs and brick backups!"
 
 
 

SBS2K3/EX2K3 STD: Having hit the 16GB limit, will installing SP2 work?

Post by PGC » Sun, 08 Oct 2006 01:55:10

Thanks to all in thread - everything went well and all servers on the box
are bang up to date with no issues. Not bad for a Friday with only 3 hours
left to a feed of pints!!

PGC