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Move hardware array to replacement server

I have had a hardware failure (system board) on a HP ProLiant ML350 G5 tower server with 6-SAS hard drives in a RAID5 config (one hot-swap).  The controller is a e200i w/BBWC.  We have a rackmount ML350 G5 available to us that I would like to migrate over to.  It currently does not have any hard drives installed but does have the e200i controller.  Not sure what firmware is on either controller.

Options:
1. Move the current e200i controller and hard drives to the rackmount replacement server TOGETHER placing the HDD in the same slots they are in currently.

2. Just move the HDD to the rackmount replacement server and use the e200i controller that is already in the rackmount replacement server.

I am a little worried that the firmware is too old or not the same on each e200i controller so I am leaning towards option number one of moving both to the replacement server.

Looking for any experienced user knowledge/thoughts on my plan.
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valco
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achaldaveCommented:
You can move old card  and drives to new server or you can move the drives to new server.  The raid configurations are written on the drives also and when you boot the new server, you will be prompted to import or clear configuration found on the disks. Import the configuration and you should be good. Make sure you have full backup of the server before moving to new hardware. You can check the firmware version on boot screen or HP insight manager or array configuration utility. Download latest version from HP and update the firmware to latest version.
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valcoAuthor Commented:
That is the problem...the ML350 G5 tower is completely dead.  Can't get anything to post....either system board or CPU most likely.  I have tried all the tricks of the trade but still getting RED light by CR59 and an amber light by CR8 on sys board.  No clue what the CR59 red light means and I believe the CR8 is CPU issue.  Worked with HP on trying to resolve and they suggest power supply, power backplane, system board, and then CPU.  I have a skeleton HP ML350 G5 rack mount available so that is the route I am hoping to take.  I don't believe I will be able to confirm the firmware on the current controller with the server being dead???

I came across some posts that when users moved just the hard drives they were never prompted for the import/clear.  Not sure if I should believe that or not?  I do have a backup but really am hoping I can swap drives and proceed with business as usual.
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achaldaveCommented:
Check this document
http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/template.BINARYPORTLET/public/kb/docDisplay/resource.process/?spf_p.tpst=kbDocDisplay_ws_BI&spf_p.rid_kbDocDisplay=docDisplayResURL&javax.portlet.begCacheTok=com.vignette.cachetoken&spf_p.rst_kbDocDisplay=wsrp-resourceState%3DdocId%253Demr_na-c03326739-2%257CdocLocale%253D&javax.portlet.endCacheTok=com.vignette.cachetoken

As long as the firmware is newer on the server, you should be able to keep the drive configuration, I am not sure about prompt to import but according to document it imports configuration automatically. To be safe move the old array controller also since you don't have backup.
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