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jmcintyre

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We're running on a Mac Mini server with an external RAID array, attached by Thunderbolt. The server boots from its internal HD, so Kerio's install location is on the internal drive. I've seen how to move the store to another location, and I'm in the process of changing that now.

However, what I'd prefer is to have the whole Kerio folder on the RAID. That way, if the host machine or HD dies for some reason, all that's needed is to swap it out with a new MIni, reinstall the software, and reestablish the Kerio location. We carry upwards of 100GB in our store -- given we will already be housing the store externally, the downtime involved in restoring a backup just to get the server and account configs would be considerable and seems unnecessary.

It seems like all that would be required is to copy the files, then replace the /usr/local/kerio directory with a symbolic link to the new location. Has anyone tried this? Is there any reason it wouldn't work, or that it may be unwise (aside from being unsupported)?

Thanks!

[Updated on: Wed, 11 September 2013 00:48]

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Mark Price (Kerio)

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Hi jmcintyre

I should mention that we do not recommend symbolic links when the store is involved.

All you need do is have the raid mounted on the mac and then use the Kerio web admin interface to change the store location. this is in Web admin, Advanced options, Store Directory.

That is the simplest and safest method.

I hope this helps.

Mark Price
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jmcintyre

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Thanks for the reply. I do understand how to move the store (and have done so since posting).

I was more interested in knowing whether there's a way to move the entire installation to a different location, i.e., off the startup drive, in order to keep downtime to a minimum in case of a hardware failure.
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MacLab

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Do an occasional, automated clone of the boot drive to an attached external drive and you'll be safe.

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Vicky

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Hi Jim and Mac,

While cloning the boot drive is a good idea for keeping a copy of the OS it is not recommended to use clone or copy software to copy the live Kerio mail store. Making a copy while Kerio Connect is running could do a lot of damage. The only way we recommend moving the Kerio mail store is listed here in this KB article:

http://kb.kerio.com/360

Now the article above is about migration to a new machine however it gives 2 safe ways to move the mail store to a new location.

I hope the above helps,
Vicky
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MacLab

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I wasn't suggesting cloning the store. I was suggesting cloning the boot drive, which in his case would no longer have the mail store on it.

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