I have a Dell PowerEdge 2600 server running Novell Netware 6.5 SP6. The on-board RAID controller (PERC4/Di) is currently set to SCSI mode (i.e. RAID disabled) and there are two 36GB SCSI drives attached (not RAID). I want to install three 73GB SCSI drives, enable the onboard RAID controller, create a 3-drive RAID5, and then restore all of the data from the two independent 36GB drives to the new ~146GB RAID5 array. I will be removing the two 36GB drives permanently.
There are a total of four volumes. The first 36GB drive contains three volumes: the DOS volume, the SYS volume, and an NSS volume. The second 36GB drive contains a single NSS volume. There is no spanning or software RAID or anything else weird. I want to copy these four volumes to the new RAID5 array.
I sort of got this to work but not exactly. Here is what I did:
1) Connected external USB hard drive to server and booted a utility CD that allows for cloning of any type of drive or partition.
2) Used the utility to Clone all four partitions from the two original 36GB SCSI drives to the external USB hard drive.
3) Removed the two original 36GB SCSI drives. Installed the three new 73GB SCSI drives. Enabled RAID mode on the PERC4/Di in BIOS. Created one big 146GB RAID5 array.
4) Booted the utility CD again and cloned the four partitions from the external USB hard drive to the RAID5 array. The utility CD allows for the destination partitions to be of different size compared to the source partitions, so I had the utility CD clone the DOS partition, the SYS partition, and the first NSS partition as-is, and I had it make the second NSS partition take up the balance of the space in the RAID5 array.
5) Re-booted the server.
The server boots fine into DOS; the RAID controller driver loads fine; however, Netware could not find the NSS pools. I get something about "_admin pool failed because of cryptography". I'm not sure if this is a security "feature" or what. For now I had to punt and stick the two 36GB drives back into the box until I can get across the goal line. Anyone got any ideas of how to fix this last piece of the upgrade puzzle? Unfortunately, I don't have a second server to do a more traditional type of migration.
Thanks in advance for any help that you can provide!