Drives from one Poweredge 2850 to another 2850
Posted on 2010-11-15
We have a Dell Poweredge 2850 that is used as a File and Print Server. Over the weekend the server when down and when trying to bring it back up we get the following error:
Memory/battery problems were detected. The adapter has recovered, but cached data was lost.
After running some tests, it appears that Bank 1 Dimm A is bad:
Error Code 2900:0221
BIOS:: Memory sensor (ECC Corr Err)
Tried swapping out the Memory and still get the same thing so it appears that the slot on the motherboard is bad. Since it's on A, it's required to be used so I would have to replace the motherboard and this server is now out of warranty.
My real question is, I have another 2850 that I'm currently virtualizing to VMware ESX4. Would it be possible to remove the drives from that one, enter the drives from the bad server, and it somehow boot up on the good 2850 as the same server it was? I've never attempted this and don't want to end up losing all the data on the discs.
Thanks for any help on this.