Imaging Windows 2003 Server with RAID 1 and RAID 5 volumes

Posted on 2008-11-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Hi there,

I have about 30 servers I need to set up in less than a couple days. I was thinking of doing the following but need someone's expert opinion on whether this will work or not. All servers are idential hardware specs and software applications.

1) Setup 1 server RAID volumes (RAID 1 for OS and RAID 5 for other data), install Windows 2003 SP1 OS, updates and other applications. Run Sysprep.

2) Use ImageX to create .wim image on a WDS server

3) Boot other servers using PXE or Discovery boot image and deploy image created in Step 1.

There are obviously a lot more steps for each of those things, but that is the basic idea. Are there any pitfalls to be aware of when imaging servers with RAID volumes or will it work similar to a single volume system once the image is deployed?

Thanks in advance.
Question by:apolloson
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    Accepted Solution

    This will work since all your RAID configured disks will be seen as 1 logical disk by Windows 2003. I haven't used your imaging software, but with Acronis (the software we use), we recently deployed 31 identical blade servers with 1 image. All servers had RAID 1 configurations as well.

    Hope that helps.
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    Assisted Solution

    I have done this exact same thing before and it worked well. No real issues that I can recall.
    Also most servers I manage today I have setup with raid 1 for the OS and raid 5 for the data. It works out very well like that.
    Good luck.

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