HP DL180 G6 Convert single-disk SBS2008 to RAID1
Posted on 2013-11-12
We've just taken a new client on and we're rather alarmed at the state of their SBS2008 server.
Not only is it running Exchange 2007 with 20 odd mailboxes, but it has no backup solution and more alarmingly - Is configured on a SINGLE SATA HDD.
As you can imagine, this is quite frankly terrifying - We need to migrate this over to a RAID solution. It's a HP DL180 G6 chassis so it has an onboard RAID controller ready to go but isn't currently enabled.
We've done this successfully before with Windows 7 but never attempted it on a live working server for very obvious reasons!
Can anyone suggest a tried/tested way of performing this? I know it's not going to be something that's officially supported - I'd imagine the steps to go something like this:
1) Attempt to pre-install the RAID controller drivers inside SBS2008 in it's current state
2) Power down machine, remove original single-SATA HDD
3) Create RAID1 array
4) Clone partition from original HDD's to both RAID1 member drives
5) Magically boot into SBS2008 from the RAID1 logical drive
I know I'm aiming high with this one.. but any help would be appreciated. I've already googled the crap out of this issue and it seems like there are too many 'should work's.
Worst case scenario is simply to re-attach the original HDD and switch back to non-RAID mode I guess but this definitely needs to be addressed. Backup, format/reinstall is simply not an option I'm afraid or that would be the first port of call!
Thanks in advance :o)