We have planned some upgrades for one of our Win2K servers. Turns out now that the upgrades have turned into an almost entirely new machine. Before installing the upgrades / launching the 'new' server, I tested various backup methods. What I ended up with seemed to work well:
(1) Shut down the server and boot with PowerQuest floppy.
(2) Create an image of the system drive on a second hard disk.
(3) Reboot into Win2K and burn the PowerQuest image to a DVD.
(4) Shut down the server, pull out the system drives (mirrored array) install matched pair of backup drives.
(5) Create the RAID array on next boot, then reboot off PowerQuest floppy.
(6) Restore the PQ image onto the new drives.
(7) Reboot Win2K.
(8) All is good! Functioning sever, no grief with AD, etc.
(9) Shut down, reinstall original drives, final reboot into Win2K
When the new hardware showed up, I tried the same test:
(1) Put the matched backup drives in the new machine, and then created a new mirrored array.
(2) Booted from PowerQuest floppy
(3) Restore the PQ image onto the drive(s).
(4) Remove PQ disk, and reboot into Win2K...
...or at least I hoped. Initially, all seemed well. The progress bar started filling across the bottom of the screen, etc. The next thing I know, Blue Screen Of Death! It said that if this is the first time this has happened, try a restart. No luck the restart either. Since then, I've found that different hardware is probably the culprit:
However, each solution I have found seems to deal with workstations only, and not server versions. I'm spooked because my backup solutions in the past have failed me. Last time a drive went south, I ended up having to reinstall Win2K server (I know what you're thinking, but I screwed up the mirror!) and restore from backups it caused me all sorts of grief. None of the workstations would recognize the new DC and I had to go to each one and rejoin them to the 'new' domain. Ouch!
The server in question is still up and running, so there is no panic to get an answer in the next two minutes. However, solid, reliable disaster recovery / hardware upgrade advice is paramount.
Anyone that can supply a solid solution that doesn't require me to go out and buy new software and/or hardware can name their amount of points and I will gladly award them.