Solved

Install Raid On HP ML350 That Is Already Live

Posted on 2011-03-19
4
449 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I was asked to come in and look at a companies server because it was having problems.  The consultant they brought in to set it up originally is not answering their calls.  It is an HP ML350.  The first thing I noticed was there is only one hard drive installed.  I am going to make a lot of changes, but I want to continue to use the ML350.  This is their only server and they do not want to invest in a second at this time.

They are running MS Server 2008 with multiple apps, exchange, AD & as a file server.  It is setup running a virtual server, but I do not know very much about that portion.

I want to setup Raid on this server now.  I have not set this up after the server is in production before.  Can I get some recommendations for the hardware and the type of Raid to setup?  Any suggestions on the best way to accomplish this with the happy medium of redundancy, down-time, ease of installation/setup and reliability?

What am I missing?  
0
Comment
Question by:khuff71
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:rjpilcher
ID: 35172471
What platform is the virtual server running on?  VMware?  Hyper-V?

More importantly, what is the base OS that is on the server?  If it's Windows, you can build a software RAID and mirror to another drive of the same size.  

Ideally, you want to build a hardware RAID.  You can either build a RAID 1 (2 drives mirrored) or a RAID 5 (at least 3 drives striped).  For what you're after, RAID 1 is easier and cheaper.  

If you're running VMware, you can copy the VM somewhere else and then rebuild the server with a RAID.

Let me know what your base OS is and I'll give you direction on how to proceed
0
 

Author Comment

by:khuff71
ID: 35172494
I do not know what platform the virtual server is running on.  I have never set one up and I know very little about it.

With Raid 1, do you recommend 2 drives or 3?

The base OS is MS Server 2008.  
0
 
LVL 4

Accepted Solution

by:
rjpilcher earned 500 total points
ID: 35172518
RAID 1 is going to be 2 drives.  The drives will mirror each other.

You mentioned that there was a virtual server?  So the server boots into Windows 2008 and they are running a virtual server as well on top of that?  

The most painless method here is to just build a software RAID within Windows.  Add another drive of equal size, go to Disk Management, scan for the new disk, then right click on your original partitions and select 'Add Mirror'

If you're going to build a hardware RAID you're going to lose all your data.  If you're up for that, I can guide you down that road as well.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:khuff71
ID: 35172537
They are running a virtual server on top of that.  I do not know why.

The software method is a little slower I think, but that is acceptable.  

I refuse to lose all of the data.  I have a bad backup before and it cost me.  I was able to retrieve only about 75% of my data.

I will get the software setup asap.  I can't get into the building right now.  

I really appreciate your help.
0

Featured Post

NFR key for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Veeam is happy to provide a free NFR license (for 1 year, up to 10 users). This license allows for the non‑production use of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 in your home lab without any feature limitations.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Repair SAS HDD 5 66
ESXI 5.5 image can't expand the hard disk 6 57
LAN connection required for iSCSI SAN? 11 50
Migrating hosts to new vCenter server 5 62
Facing problems with you memory card? Cannot access your memory card? All stored data, images, videos are lost? If these are your questions...than this small article might help you out in retrieving your lost or inaccessible data.
Learn how the use of a bunch of disparate tools requiring a lot of manual attention led to a series of unfortunate backup events for one company.
To efficiently enable the rotation of USB drives for backups, storage pools need to be created. This way no matter which USB drive is installed, the backups will successfully write without any administrative intervention. Multiple USB devices need t…
This Micro Tutorial walks you through using a remote console to access a server and install ESXi 5.1. This example is showing remote access and installation using a Dell server. The hypervisor is the very first component of your virtual infrastructu…

733 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question