Creating dynamic disk groups

Create one dynamic disk group for each Exchange database.

If your Exchange production server is in a clustered environment, choose the cluster disk group option.


Disk groups must be of a Storage Foundation 4.0 or later version. You must upgrade any disk groups created using an earlier version of Volume Manager for Windows before implementing SFW snapshot solutions. Quick Recovery snapshots are supported only on volumes belonging to an SFW dynamic disk group. They are not supported on volumes belonging to a Microsoft Disk Management Disk Group. For more information, see Storage Foundation Administrator's Guide.


If User Access Control (UAC) is enabled on Windows Server operating systems, then you cannot log on to VEA GUI with an account that is not a member of the Administrators group, such as a guest user. This happens because such user does not have the "Write" permission for the "Veritas" folder in the installation directory (typically, C:\Program Files\Veritas). As a workaround, an OS administrator user can set "Write" permission for the guest user using the Security tab of the "Veritas" folder's properties.

To create a dynamic disk group from the VEA console

  1. Launch VEA from Start > All Programs > Veritas > Veritas Storage Foundation > Veritas Enterprise Administrator or, on Windows 2012 operating systems, from the Apps menu in the Start screen.

    Select a profile if prompted.

  2. Click Connect to a Host or Domain and in the Connect dialog box, specify the host name and click Connect.

    For the local system you can specify localhost.

  3. If prompted to do so, specify the user name, password, and domain for the system.
  4. In the tree expand the system name and expand the storage agent.
  5. Right-click Disk Groups, and click New Dynamic Disk Group.
  6. On the Welcome screen of the New Dynamic Disk Group Wizard, click Next.
  7. Enter a name for the disk group (for example, Exch-DG1).


    A dynamic disk group name is limited to 18 ASCII characters. It cannot contain spaces, slash mark (/), backslash (\), exclamation point (!), angle brackets (< >), or equal sign (=). Also, a period cannot be the first character in the name.

  8. For an off-host or cluster environment, choose from the following:
    • For a cluster environment, check the Create cluster group check box.

    • For an off-host environment, check the Add private group protection check box.

  9. Select the appropriate disks in the Available disks list and click the Add button to move them to the Selected disks list.
  10. Click Next.
  11. Click Next to upgrade the selected disks.
  12. Click Finish to create the new disk group.

To create a dynamic disk group from the command line