Best proactice move from local DAS storage to a SAN
Posted on 2006-11-24
My query revolves around the best way to migrate data and/or the OS from Windows 2003 Servers to a FC SAN.
There are a couple of servers.
1 has RAID 1 for the OS and raid 5 for the data. I am happy that the mirror is ok and the data can be mirrored to a LUN under Windows and then break the mirror keeping the data migrated to the LUN.
However, I have inherited a couple of servers without RAID and 2-3 partitions on the local disks.
I can add additional drives to create a mirror and use ghost to gather and resend the C: drive back to the new RAID 1 local array, but as yet have been unable to boot a test server to see a LUN (Qlogic HBA's) assigned to the server using Ghost 8.
If I wa to mirror the whole drive to a LUN under Windows 2003 , using dynamic disks, if the local mirror fails, will the server be able to boot from the HBA or will I need to take additional config steps on the HBA to achieve this? Will I be able to edit the boot.ini or is Windows smart enough (!!!) to do this itself.
I have the backup option of using SCOPY/XCOPY to achieve the tasks, but am hoping to automate te process if at all possible.
Bit of a noob to SAN's so your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Let me know if you need any additional info.
Many Thanks in advance!!