restoring SBS image with Paragon Server

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by JM7, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. JM7

    JM7 Guest

    I have SBS 2003 on a HP ML110 server from 2004. I have created an image of
    it with Paragon Server (DB9).

    I have been able to successfully restore it onto other machines (different
    hardware) - but they do come up with Event Viewer errors (the subject of
    another thread) but essentially all works fine.

    When I tried to restore it to a ML110 G4 machine - the image is OK on a
    single HD. But if I try to image it onto the embedded SATA RAID 1 - I get
    to the SBS WINDOWS logo screen and then it quickly crashes to a Blue Screen
    and immediately reboots (no chance to see the messages on the BSOD).

    When I do a SAFE MODE boot - it stops at the line ACPITABL.DAT (or something
    like that) and reboots.

    The SBS image already has the embedded SATA RAID drivers for the G4 already
    loaded prior to the image being created.

    Is it possible to use the SBS install CDs to somehow repair the image on the
    RAID 1? What would the steps be for this?

    It seems I may have to get a USB HP Floppy drive to load the RAID drivers
    but am happy to do that if I can somehow do a repair.

    Thanks in advance.

    JM7, Jun 26, 2009
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    Duncan McC Guest

    I think so.

    Put the SBS CD/DVD #1 in, and boot up and install with the F6 option,
    install the RAID driver. Continue and install Server 2003. Don't start
    the SBS install though.

    Now try restoring the Paragon drive backup image, but not the disk
    image, the partition (C drive) image.

    Maybe that'll work for you.
    Duncan McC, Jun 27, 2009
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  3. If you restore the C: partition from an image, won't that overwrite
    where the raid drivers are??

    I would think after loading the image you would have to start the
    install disk and put the drivers where they need to be using the
    recovery console or such.


    Rich W.
    Rich Wonneberger, Jun 27, 2009
  4. JM7

    Duncan McC Guest

    Does it matter?

    Won't they be the same drivers (maybe even updated ones)?
    Duncan McC, Jun 27, 2009
  5. JM7

    Duncan McC Guest

    My point is this... Only the partition will be written back (the RAID
    volume itself will not be overwritten), and this should be valid and
    should work.

    It's what I do with Paragon SBS edition (whatever it's called). It was
    the only way that I could get it to work. Writing back over the entire
    RAID array did not work (for me on the particular hardware).
    Duncan McC, Jun 27, 2009
  6. JM7

    JM7 Guest

    Thanks Duncan,- I don't understand what you mean by this ..continue and install... -
    wouldn't the aim be to try and go into recovery console or something? this
    what I need help with.

    I thought the 2 above were the same? How do you isolate?

    My other hope is: Disable the embedded SATA RAID. Restore to a single
    simple volume (i know this works). But can I then enable the RAID and
    MAINTAIN the image on drive one and have the RAID mirror it?

    JM7, Jun 28, 2009
  7. JM7

    Duncan McC Guest

    I'd say that's definately an option. It's something I never tried

    My images are not of the drive itself, but, looking at them, of the
    "Logical Disk (C:)".

    Hope that makes some sense.
    Duncan McC, Jun 28, 2009
  8. If the backup is older it might have older drivers or files?
    (Don't know how old the backup is)

    If system state is restored older I do not know if it would be up to date.

    Just my thoughts
    Rich W.
    Rich Wonneberger, Jun 28, 2009
  9. JM7


    Dec 22, 2009
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    silly silly

    The easy answer is to image out to a single drive and then create the RAID. RAID 1 is a simple mirror and can be created on all controllers in a nondestructive way. 90% of controllers actually view RAID 1 failed drive scenarios as a single drive configuration. The 'rebuild' process is not the same as striped arrays and goes through no expansion phase. In the case of RAID 1 the drive information is simply copied over. Be prepared for it to take a while esp if the server is in use (if your controller will allow this to be done while the system is in use).

    By the same token, single drive systems can be upgraded to a RAID 1 conf with no problem. Simply install the RAID driver from in the OS prior to building the array.
    SemperWiFi, Dec 22, 2009
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