Nutty idea - imaging via the .RAID controller
Posted on 2004-11-30
Ok, here's the deal: I have to build (3) Windows Server 2003 boxes quickly some time in the next few days. Symantec Ghost is doing the 'unsupported operating system' thing, and it occurred to me.. Since all three computers are built from the exact same hardware, and the system drive is a mirror set off a hardware RAID controller, it seems to me I could do the following things. I guess the question is, does it look like this will work?
1. Load Server 2003 to the computer.
2. Remove one of the mirror'd drives and put in the other computer.. Regen the set. Put a new drive in the first computer, regen the set. Do it once more for the third machine.
3. Rename each machine, then join them the the Active Directory
I know the process may take some time, the main issue for me is that I spend my time doing other things for my customer rather than sitting in front of the machines loading software. Long as the OS restore can be done unattended, that's a good thing.
So, what do y'all think?