Moving from software mirror to HP Smart Array 642 Raid controller

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  1. metha

    metha Registered Member

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    There is a HP proliant DL 370 server which has Server 2003 installed. There are two SCSI disks configured as a Software mirror.
    Now the system has to be moved to a new HP Smart Array 642 Raid controller.

    Has anyone done this before?

    I'm planing to first remove one of the disks. Then break the software mirror and then make an Image with Acronis true Image.

    I then plan to move the disks to the Smart Array 642 controller and initialize them. Then use a bootable Acronis CD to boot and recover the image from another location through the local network.

    Does this sound as it's going to work? Does Acronis True Image support HP Smart Array 642 Raid controller.

    Thanx in advance!
     
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    Hello metha,

    Thank you for your interest in Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    Please notice that Acronis True Image when run under Windows supports all hardware detected by Windows. The full variant of the standalone version of Acronis True Image (Acronis Bootable Rescue Media, Acronis Startup Recovery Manager) is Linux based and has it's own assortment of drivers for the wide variety of modern hardware. It could be possible that the driver for the particular device either is not added into the standalone version yet or the existing drivers do not work correctly.
    Should you experience any problems using Acronis Bootable Rescue Media with your hardware, please follow instructions in this post.

    Please notice that as the operation you described is essentially transferring to a different hardware, we recommend you to use Acronis Universal Restore. Acronis Universal Restore technology provides an efficient solution for hardware-independent system restoration by replacing the crucial Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) and mass storage device drivers.

    Note that Acronis Universal Restore is a plug-in for corporate versions of Acronis True Image and in your case we would recommend that you use Acronis True Image 9.1 Server for Windows.

    Acronis Universal Restore is used with image archives and you can find basic instructions on how to use it here. Detailed instructions can be found in the Acronis True Image 9.1 Server for Windows User's Guide.

    We recommend you to download and install the free trial version of Acronis True Image 9.1 Server for Windows to see how the software works on your computer.

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  3. metha

    metha Registered Member

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    Hello Murat,
    thank you for the suggestions.
    I actually managed to get things done without Universal Restore.
    First I inserted the RAID controller and powered the server with the controller inside. I then installed drivers for the controller so that Windows would already have the drivers after the imaging. After installing the drivers I created an Image (I didn't brake the software mirror before making the image but that was no problem).
    Shut down the server, connected the drives to the controller, created a Volume and then installed the Image back.
    Everything went fine. I was just confused of the fact that Acronis saw the CD drive as C: and it said that it is restoring the actual Windows drive C: as D:.
    But after the restart everything was fine.

    Thanx again.
     
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