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Best strategy to swap out Smart array raid adapter.

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I am the process of swapping out a HP Smart array E200I to Smart Array P212 array adapter. the server is running windows 2003 current have 4 Hard Disk running raid 5. How could I slipstream the P212 driver and retain the raid 5 all the drive. Would the raid 5 array break after I swap the card?

Please advise.

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Turn off the server
Unplug the disks, stick a label on exch one so you know the physical order
Change the card
Plug the disks back in the same order on the new card.

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Backup first
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Oh yes backup first :)
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But do I need to update the driver? since I am upgrading from e200i to P212 differ card model?

windows 2003 will boot? without upgrade the driver?
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The operating system shoud not see the RAID structure.
You will have to update the Smart Array Management tools if you want to manage the RAID.
As long as the drives are compatible witht he new card, Hewlett Packard are pretty good at arrange for you to be able to move a RAID instact to another server or another controller.
Do backup before.
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You should of course have an up to date BIOS and HP firmware in the server.
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Drivers are same for e200i and P212, as already mentiones Smart Array controllers are compatible with each other, you can alwats replace with a newer version and sometimes also downgrade to an older version unlike most other manufacturers.
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I am going to try this tonight will keep eveyone posted.

thanks
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