Solved Create Parition or Virtual Partition

February 7, 2013 at 16:03:21
Specs: Windows 2003 Server

I have 2003 server that was put online for me today. (Remote location so I need someone physically on site to do certain changes such as formatting). The machine was built without a required partition which I didn't realize before the only local IT person left the office. While the best answer is to have the server rebuilt, I have a need to get this server prepped and in production before that will be possible. Below are a couple options I was exploring but have not found a solution for either.

Originally I was going to shrink the boot partition, then create a second partition with the available space, but since no IT on site, gparted isnt an option since that requires booting from CD. I have a licensed copy of Partition Commander but it doesnt run on server OS's. Purchasing server software isnt going to be approved for this task either so I'm running out of ideas how to do what I need.

I thought I could use SUBST as a workaround to this problem, however, not only do I have code referencing the 2nd partition but IIS home directories are on that partition as well. When using SUBST though for IIS both Web and FTP services give errors such as "home directory is inaccessible".


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#1
February 7, 2013 at 23:34:55

The only solution I can think of, without access to the server, is to use a USB - or eSATA if available - external drive. (Assuming that you have someone on the remote site who could attach such a drive - not a technically demanding task.) Performance will not be optimal if you only have USB 2, but at a later stage you could transfer the partition to an internal drive.

With newer versions of server you could just create a .vhd virtual hard drive, but I don't think this is an option with 2003.


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#2
February 20, 2013 at 09:51:00
✔ Best Answer

I ended up talking a non-techincal person through repartitioning with gparted to do what I needed.

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