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Cloning an entire RAID1 disk pair onto another RAID1 disk pair

Posted on 2008-10-10
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We have two identical HP Proliant ML310 G4 server. Each server has two SAS disks configured as a RAID1 array. We need to clone one server onto the other one. What is the best procedure ? We would like to take advantage of the RAID controller re-sync capability, and we would like to know how to proceed. Our operating system system is CentOS (alhtough I don't think this actually matters).
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I hope this helps !
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I use DriveSnapShot for my imaging. It's geared toward Windows, but will work with some linux file systems. You'd need a BartPE boot CD to use it to image different OS. So it's probably not a good solution in this case, but it's great for windows based systems.

http://drivesnapshot.de/en/index.htm
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Which RAID controller has it got? Smart Array Controllers have an option to split the mirror and recombine with another disk - http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00378986/c00378986.pdf

Be aware that the RIS on both pairs of disks will be the same so you cannot put both pairs into the same server in future. With fast SAS disks this only takes about 10 minutes to rebuild the mirror.
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