RAID1 configuration

Dear Sir,

Please I need to ask you a question regarding the Windows Server 2003.
How can I configure RAID1 mirror via Windows OS Server (2003 R2)
Please I need the detaills...

Thank you in advance,
mrchatilaAsked:
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Member_2_49692Commented:
here is a you tube video on how to do it
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj6WJLLSR-4


Microsoft article on how to do it is here

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2005/05/RAID/
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themightydudeCommented:
In order to create a software based Raid 1 environment in Windows Server 2003, you first need to convert the disks you want to be a part of the raid to a dynamic disk instead of basic.

To do this:

1. Right click on My Computer and select manage
2. Click on Storage, then Disk management.
3. Right click on your disk drives here (Disk 0, Disk 1 etc etc), and select "Convert to Dynamic Disk"
You can safely click yes on the 2 messages you will receive.

Once this is done, your PC will need to be rebooted...it will reboot twice.

Follow the same steps again to convert disk 1 to a dynamic drive.

Once both of these are dynamic disks, you can now begin to create your raid array.

Right-click on the C: volume, and then click Add Mirror. When your prompted to select the location for the mirror, click Disk 1. The volume will display a Resynching status until the mirror is built. When you see Healthy, the sync has been completed.

You now have an established boot mirror....now your going to need to make a volume for your data.

On Disk 0, right-click on the Unallocated space, and click New Volume. This will bring up a wizard. Just follow the wizard through the process of selecting a drive size, letter, etc etc. Once that is done, it will begin syncing again...same as before, when you see "healthy", then the sync is done, and your ready to rock and roll.

Hope that helps.

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mrchatilaAuthor Commented:
Thank you Sir,

But I already installed windows 2003 server on one disk, I need to made mirror with a second disk.
I already converted the Windows OS partition to a Dynamic Disk and I convert a second disk to a dynamic, but I cannot make mirror the OS disk mirror with the second one.
Please any help?
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themightydudeCommented:
Ok...so both disks are dynamic disks.

You should be able to right click on "Disk 0" which should also be  your C: drive and click add mirror...it will then ask you for the mirror which would be Disk 1.

Do you get that far?
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Member_2_49692Commented:
If you read the above guide it fully explains how to do this
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Member_2_49692Commented:
From the article I posted above

"To configure an array, you first need to convert your disks from Basic to Dynamic. Start the Computer Management snap-in, located on the Start menu under Administrative Tools. Expand Storage, and then click Disk Management. Right-click Disk 0, and click Convert to Dynamic Disk (you can safely click Yes on the warning dialog box). A dialog box will warn that file systems will be dismounted. Again, you can safely click Yes, and then click OK to restart your computer. Note that this process actually requires two restarts. The first reboot is prompted by Disk Management in order to convert the boot volume device from Basic to Dynamic, while the second reboot is prompted by Plug and Play (PnP) in order to install the new boot volume device.

After you restart your computer, repeat this process on Disk 1 to convert it to a dynamic disk.


HERE IS WHERE YOU ARE *************************
Mirror, Mirror, On the Drive

After both of your disks have been converted to dynamic, you need to mirror the boot volume. This is easy. Right-click on the C: volume, and then click Add Mirror. When prompted to select the location for the mirror, click Disk 1. The volume will display a Resynching status until the mirror is built. When you see Healthy, you're finished. If you shut down or reboot your server while a volume is resynching, the mirroring process will be aborted and you will have to recreate the mirror (which I learned the hard way).

After establishing the boot mirror, you should test to make sure you can, in fact, boot from the secondary drive. This provides peace of mind that things will go smoothly in case you lose the primary drive."

"Now that your boot volume is mirrored, it's time to make a volume for your data. This is even easier since you use a simple wizard. On Disk 0, right-click Unallocated, and then click New Volume to display the New Volume wizard. Select Mirrored for the volume type, and complete the wizard with your size, drive letter, and volume label preferences. The volume will display a Resynching status until the mirror is built, as shown in Figure 2. When the volume displays a Healthy status, the process is complete. As with the operating system mirror, don't shut down or reboot your server until you see that the volume is Healthy."
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Member_2_49692Commented:
themightydude,

Please refrain from copying what other experts have already posted.
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themightydudeCommented:
huh?
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Member_2_49692Commented:
themightydude,

what you posted is exactly the same instructions in the article I posted! You need to look at what other experts post before posting a response
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themightydudeCommented:
Ahh...I apologize for that...there were no answers posted when I began typing out a proposed solution.
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Member_2_49692Commented:
This just isn't right,
When an expert provides an answer first and another expert comes in almost 10 minutes later and provides the same answer and they get credit.
Still there is no explanation from mrchatila as to why they made this decision.

This is exactly what severly discourages experts from participating

At least credit could be given where credit is due
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themightydudeCommented:
I have no problem with you receiving credit...its not that big of a deal to me.

I was writing out my answer when there was no post yet...which is why my comment appeared after yours.

If an admin wants to give the points to  you, I have no problem with that.
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Member_2_49692Commented:
themightydude,

Please understand my issue is not with you at all!  It is the fact the questioner selected a comment as an answer after my post that was the same answer as my post. I understand you were typing still as I posted that happens all the time. What usually doesn't happen is a disregard to who provided the solution first. Just like if your post was before mine and mine was selected as the answer yet we both provided the technically correct and accurate information to solve the issue technically speaking you are then due that credit.
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