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Imaging a RAID 1 Array

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I have a project involving deployment of multiple servers that are set up with RAID 1.  I have a reference server already set up with the RAID 1 volume, Server 08 installed and all applications and files loaded.  I'm doing sysprep and need now to clone this server to the other servers.  Anyone have some ideas on best practices or maybe just simply real practices in doing something like this?
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We use a ghost server and capturing the "Gold image" also captures the array configuration.
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You could do it in hardware by splitting the mirror and putting it in two machines and re-mirroring, not normally advisable though since then the controller might get confused in future if two of these split-and-remirrored arrays got in the same system as they'd have the same metadata on them. Depends on controller though.
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I prefer either Ghost, WDS or you may be able to use PING or FOG

Depends on   $$$, and time constraints.



http://ghost.radified.com/ghost_alternatives.htm
http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=16534

http://www.osalt.com/ghost


I hope this helps !
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Hi,

I'd image the source server.  Then on the destination servers I'd unhook the second drive from the controller so only one member of the 'future' RAID 1 array is online and image to that.  Then I'd bring up the destination server, making sure it works, down it and connect the second drive, and then bring up the server again and manually add the second drive as a mirror to the first.  This doesn't capture the 'image the array config' spirit, but it does end up with what you want.

Good Luck,
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What we did was create the reference server and power it down.  Took a Ghost image of it.  Then set up a new server.  Made RAID array as a mirror.  Deployed the Ghost image to the new server.  Since the new server had a RAID volume via hardware, it looked like one regular volume to the Ghost image, and everything worked out fine.
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Glad you got it going!

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