HP Proliant Server ML350 G5 - How to safely change SAS disks
Posted on 2010-01-10
Okay so we have an HP Proliant Server, ML350 G5. It has a RAID 1 mirror with 2 disks on it currently. There is one logical drive in the array, and it is booting Windows Server 2003.
We want to install Windows SBS 2008, but it will take more time for me to install it than we can afford in downtime.
I need a way to work on the new server while still keeping the old one bootable at all times, so I can work on configuring SBS 2008 in the evening, then switch back over to Server 2003 after I'm done and they can continue anothe business day without any interruption. So basically I need to dual boot SBS 2008 and Server 2003.
We purchased a third SAS disk, it's in the array right now but it isn't being used for anything. I can maybe use it temporarily to my advantage.
So... how can I do this dual boot setup? Maybe some way I can swap around the SAS disks? I know it's an ugly mess trying to dual boot Vista and XP, and I imagine Server 2003 vs 2008 will be a similar deal.