Dynamic Disks once again...

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by Disco, Jun 8, 2007.

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  1. Disco

    Disco Registered Member

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    Hi!

    I'm currently running a trial of Acronis True Image Enterprise Server 9.1 and i can't seem to manage to clone any of my dynamic disks which i got the impression of that it would be doable.

    Is it possible?

    The scenario that I'm currently facing is to migrate disks, from 1 SAN to another, with minimum downtime. The disks might be spanned and/or consist of multiple units per physical disk. The data on the disks can also consist of databases which are in use at the time. When mirroring isn't possible i would like to be able to make a clone and maybe a incremental copy right before switching the disks

    Is this a possible scenario at all for Acronis?
     
  2. Disco

    Disco Registered Member

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    Bump!

    Still got the problem, but no answers. Anyone with knowledge in this matter?
     
  3. shieber

    shieber Registered Member

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    I don't think dynamic disks have ever been supported by ATI. I belive it works sometimes, if you aren't using any of the special features of dynamic disks (of course, then, why use dynamic disks?).
     
  4. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

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    Disco,

    Cloning dynamic disks is currently not supported according to this page on the Acronis Enterprise Support site:
    I would think you should be able to create a backup image and restore from that instead of cloning.
     
  5. Acronis Support

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    Hello Disco,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Remote Server Backup Software.

    Please be aware that there are two approaches available:

    Clone Disk - migrates/copies the entire contents of one disk drive to another;

    Backup - creates a special archive file for backup and disaster recovery purposes;

    Please take a look at this FAQ article explaining the difference between Clone Disk and Backup approaches in more detail.

    Actually, Clone Disk approach is usually used to upgrade the hard drive (e.g. install a larger disk), while Backup approach is basically dedicated for the complete data backup and disaster recovery purposes. Please notice that incremental images can only be created when a full one is present.

    As MudCrab noted, you cannot clone dynamic disks, but you can create an image and then restore it to the desired destination (with the exception of WinNT4 dynamic volumes, as noted).

    You can find more information on how to use Acronis True Image 9.1 Enterprise Server in the respective User's Guide.

    Thank you.
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    Marat Setdikov
     
  6. Disco

    Disco Registered Member

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    Thanx for your input. Will investigate further.
     
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