Win2003 server recovery when raid is broken
Posted on 2006-10-20
I've got a server (Dell Poweredge 2600)with three drives in a Raid 5. I went to add another drive and noticed in array manager that the logical array had an exclamation point next to it. Called Dell and they said the three drives should not show a status of "Ready". We both figure that if it reboots (it is currently running just fine with drives storing data and no errors) it will dissolve the array and be at zero. Maybe not but I'm preparing to rebuild the server tomorrow morning in case it doesn't come up. Dell says we might be able to restore the array config on the reboot and not have a problem.
So, here's the scenario. I've got Veritas installed (going to check on Open File Agent.. not sure if that option is there) and am getting good backups on DLT4 tapes with a Dell tape deck. I've got two fulls from the past two nights that are error free. I've got one night to set things up to be optimally positioned if the arrays break. I've got the Dell build disk and Veritas software.