I have a Dell PowerEdge 2900 with PERC 5/i integrated disk controller, with SBS 2003. Disk setup is
HDD1 - Mirror - OS C:\
HDD2 - Mirror - OS C:\
HDD3 - RAID5 - DATA D:\
HDD4 - RAID5 - DATA D:\
HDD5 - RAID5 - DATA D:\
I used Acronis to take an image of the OS volume. Simulating an OS volume failure, I shutdown the server and removed both OS drives. I inserted 2 new blank drives and booted the server. I pressed Ctrl-R to run the disk configuration utility and received the message that virtual disk 00 was missing. I created and initialized a new virtual disk, then re-booted from an Acronis Rescue CD. My data volume was now called C: I created a primary partition on my new virtual disk, labeled E:. At that point I got stuck at the Acronis message The trial version of ATISBS allows you to add a new hard disk from the OS only. Please boot the OS and add a new hard disk. I shut the server down , put the original drives back in, imported the foreign configuration and the server was back to normal.
I want to try this again tomorrow but have a few questions:
1)Where on the hard disk is the RAID configuration stored?
2)If I restore an image of the whole OS drive will it restore this configuration information?
3)During the process I was concerned that my data volume was called C. Would it be better to take the data drives offline before booting to the Acronis rescue CD?
4)Should I create the mirror set first then restore the image as I attempted, or restore the image to one drive then create a mirror?
5)Is there any other tips that could improve my process?