Symantec Ghost Enterprise-RAID 5

Posted on 2006-04-13
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I know that Symantec says that Ghost does not support RAID.  I have Windows Server 2003 on an HP Proliant ML350, hardware RAID running Oracle, SQL, and many more programs.   A recovery using Backup Exec files would require approx. 16 hours of software installations, etc.  I would like to image the server monthly (in addition to file backups) to assure a quicker recovery.  Has anyone ever had any trouble with Ghost and a hardware RAID configuration?  It seems to me that it should work since the OS is not really aware of the RAID configuration.  Is Symantec referring to software RAID not being supported? Any other software recommendations would be appreciated as well. Thanks.
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    It should work just fine.  Many people do this.

    There is another utility called Acronis True Image that does it also.

    You are correct in stating that hardware RAID runs in isolation and the OS could care less about it.

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    I have not had any issues ghosting a HW Raid 5 set with Symantec Ghost.  In fact we use ghost console and I have some servers scheduled to go down for an automatic ghost on Sundays.  All of these servers run RAID 5.  The only thing you want to be sure of is that your Ghost boot disk had the SCSI controller drivers on it or you will not be able to see the RAID to ghost.
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    I also have a ML350 in my network with raid 5. I never had luck with Symantec Ghost. For some reason it's not reading raid 5 config.
    I used the demo version of acronis server and it worked without any problem. I should have tried the demo version of ghost first before I bought it.
    Anyways, Acronis did the trick and i was able to do a server restore using a demo version also.

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