I've been a long time lurker on this site and have generally found the answer or been pointed in the right direct to things i need, so thanks.
I've been asked to look at a domain running 2 windows 2000 domian servers (amongest others), no1 and no2, both are in seperate geographic locations and have a very slow link between, both are exchange/file/dns servers.
no1 is the dc and has recently exchange services have been failing for no apparent reason. a restart of the services will sometimes cures the issue, if not a reboot will. at first i thought i had space issues on the servers but after a re jig of files i am still having the same issue's.
Error logs do not really point to anything that that suggests a long term problem.
So i decided to check the state of the drives, much to my horror the C: drive is almost completely fragmented. Despite having 27% free space there is no white in the diagram at all. I believe this is the reason for my random failures. Sadly the windows defrag dosn't do anything to help the situation. I also checked other drives on the server, both of which are in a similar situation
The server has a raid setup, which i am not very familiar with. there are 5 x 18.2gb (91gb) drives. The server then shows in my computer as having c: 5.85gb, d: 28gb, e: 16.9gb (51gb). In disk management, it shows as c: and d: on disk 0 and e: on disk 1, both are dynamic.
Firstly i was wondering is there a method of defragmenting such a badly fragmented drives.
If not is would would be the best/quickest and safest method of resolving the problems. I am currently thinking along the lines of making backups of everything, twice, taking an image of each of the drives then reloading the images, after formatting the drives. I am not terribly familar with norton ghost and was wondering if it is capable of such a task across a raid config and multiply drives. I really don't want to have to rebiuld the server from scratch as it is the DC and holds pretty much everything for the network, exchange, files, AV, IIS, DNS etc etc, i do have other computer avaliable for DNS and files but email is the most important part of this business that a windows server has to deal with.
The server is windows 2000 running exchange 2000.
Any help would be great, thanks