Saving a raid configuration.

Hi, is there a way of saving a raid configuration.
We have a raid 5 with 3 disks in it, it has 5 partitions, now when we try to recover for test purposes on an identical machine using Veritas( a backup software) we keep geting errors.
I think the reason is we are not doing the partitions exactly the same.
Is there no way of creating a backup of the raid config, so i could just insert a disk in and it could reload all the seting for the disks???
Thank you.
dorato99Asked:
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zvitamConsultantCommented:
What error messages you get ?

If you are using Veritas, I think you backup the data itself not the whole RAID configuration.

If you want an exact copy of the RAID configuration you might have to use a disk cloning software.
dorato99Author Commented:
Sorry, we are not using veritas we are using v2i server 2.0 and the problem is that we want to restore a server with multiple partitions to our test bench server which is the same model and specs, the problem is that the restore process requires the partitions to be created prior to restore but i thought v2i made a snapshot of the hard drive and would be able to restore everything including the partitions.

thanks
Duncan MeyersCommented:
>Is there no way of creating a backup of the raid config, so i could just insert a disk in and it could reload all the seting for the disks???

Depends on the RAID controller. If you have an AMI/LSI, Mylex or Adaptec RAID controller, then no. The RAID configuration is stored on the hard disks themselves or in non-volatile memory on the controller.

It sounds like you're using Veritas Backup Exec IDR. The software expects to see the same partitions as was on the system when it was backed up, but, in my experience, it shouldn't insist on exactly the sime partition sizing.

Can you post more information on the errors that you are seeing as well as OS version, hardware (server, RAID controller etc), Backup Exec version etc?

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