My server's mobo crashed. The pricing to replace the motherboard is over $500 (an older motherboard). The hard drives are SAS drives (2) NOT in a raid array. The SAS drives are plugged into an Adaptec ASR 5405. There are guests on each drive I need to get access to. I would be happy to get the data but would prefer to be able to boot up to the host os so that I can boot the guests. I've got an exchange server that I'd like to exmerge the mail store.
So, I have another server that otherwise runs vmware esxi just fine. I installed the Adaptec ASR 5405 and it seems to boot up into the vmware esxi host just fine except right at the end it hangs.
What I'd like to do is install ESXI ontop of the current install. My concern is that I may damage or wipe out a guest that's on one of the hard drives.