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How to Ghost win2003 SBS on Raid 1

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I Ghosted win2003 SBS on Raid 1 on 1 partition SCSI to SAS Raid 1. When the ghosted drive booted it gave directory service error and to use directory service restore mode. I have done that and followed micorosoft recommendation. I used ghost -IA sector by sector copy, are there anyother switches I should use?
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Alan HardistyCo-Owner
Top Expert 2011

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Are you saying that you have Ghosted the server from SCSI RAID 1 and put the image onto SAS RAID 1?
If that is the case, the Server is looking for the disks on the SCSI controller that is no longer present.
You will need to use the Restore Anywhere option (if available with Ghost), or use something like Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery Server Small Business with the Restore Anywhere option.
Basically, you have changed controllers and without telling Windows about the new Controller, it won't boot properly.
If that is not the case, please let me know in more detail what you hae done.
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Alan

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The SAS controller was installed in the server before ghosting and the SAS hard drive (Raid 1) were detected in disk manager. The system boots until it shows directory error which tells me the ghost 11 version I have is not copying some sector or may be is not able to copy Raid hardware.
Top Expert 2007

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You still switched controllers, so the Controller ID in the boot.ini is not correct ( unless you removed the previous controller maybe )

If the Ghost backup and restore process worked, then it should have copied from the controllers OK.

Since this has AD on it, I would try again, but this time also make a backup of the System state to a file that is accessible for the directory restore option.

I hope this helps !

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I removed the old controller and the system booted, so I don't think the problem is the boot.ini.  Yes, I have a copy of the system state and will try to restore it. I was hoping someone have ghosted Windows SBS successfully without resorting to restoring active directory issue.
Alan HardistyCo-Owner
Top Expert 2011

Commented:
Are you using Norton Ghost or Symantec Ghost Solution Suite?

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Norton ghost.
Alan HardistyCo-Owner
Top Expert 2011

Commented:
Please have a read of the following link (Read the moral of the story):
http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-11185-0.html?forumID=85&threadID=199066&start=0 

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I have used  norton ghost for cloning before and it is a solid product as long as you make sure you do not mix up the source and target.

After the directory service error, I booted into directory service restore mode and restored the system state. IImmediately after rebooting, the computer started a reboot loop in normal mode, in safe mode and even in safe mode console. If the problem is controller driver issue, then the system should at least boot to safe mode console. Any suggestions?
Top Expert 2007

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<<If the problem is controller driver issue, then the system should at least boot to safe mode console. Any suggestions?

Not true. If the controller can not correctly read the hard drive it will not complete the boot.

The solution that worked for me was the following. I was dtermined to make image cloning work so I used trial version of  Acronis SBS, Symantec SBS backup 2010 and ProductCraft besides Ghost 11. All of them gave directory service error and even after restoing system state the error remianed. Finally I ghost the image (with new SAS controller drivers installed) from SCSI to Sata drive. Then I booted the Sata drive and it booted first without any errors. After  rebooting the system because of new hard drive detected, the active directory repair appeared for what seemed like a long time but I let it do the repair and finally the system booted correctly. I rebooted the system several time to make sure there were no errors. I then ghosted the image using ghost 11 from the Sata drive to Raid 1 SAS drive. The system has worked very well with since then with no erros and all the configuration ( exchange, sql, GFI, BE, SEP, and other software too many to list) intact. Thank you all for your help.
Top Expert 2007

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Glad you got this working.