SBS 2003 Server Hardware upgrade - keeping RAID 5 data drive array

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Chuckak, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. Chuckak

    Chuckak Guest

    Need to upgrade server hardware due to performance issues.
    Have Mirrored OS (drive F: - not sure why it was built as F:) in the server
    on one raid controller. All the data drives are on two more raid controllers
    and in external raid arrays. I plan on moving all of these on to the new
    server. The new OS mirror is larger capacity on a new built in RAID
    controller and are the only new drives in the system. Exchange and user data
    is also on the external drives. Should I use backup or should I just ghost
    those drives also. If I use drive image or ghost will the drive letter
    difference be an issue?
    Not sure how to build new server, build from scratch and plug in the raid
    controllers and drive arrays. Would I lose the data and have to restore it to
    the arrays from ghost image or backup set? Or will the array show on the new
    Chuckak, Jul 7, 2006
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  2. Tricky. I'm going to assume for the moment that your external arrays are off
    of a standalone RAID controller that will be moving to the new machine. So,
    my suggestion would be to do a swing migration to the new machine. At the
    point where you first boot up into Windows Server, before you do any thing
    else on the new machine, you need to do some careful drive letter alignment.
    If you don't, you'll have problems, I suspect. Once you have the drive
    letters assigned, then you can complete the swing. Your new RAID array
    should end up with the same drive assignments if at all possible - anything
    else could be a problem.

    Oh, and the usual caveats - backup, backup, backup. And remember what the
    old and wise system administrator once said: No backup is worth a d*** until
    it has been verified. And the only verification that means anything at all
    is a restore.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Jul 7, 2006
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  3. Chuckak

    Chuckak Guest

    Yes the data drives are all on separate controllers that will move to new
    server. The OS mirrored drives will be new and on new built in RAID
    I do not see an issue setting the data drive letters but the new server OS
    drive is now C and the old server was built as F for some reason. Which I
    expect is going to be an issue. I have reloaded SBS and stopped where the OS
    is loaded and am going to contact the swing migration people for advice on
    this mess.
    Chuckak, Jul 7, 2006
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