I have a SharePoint SQL server (IBM x3650 M3) that has a ServeRAID M5014 and a ServeRAID M5015 in it. The M5014 hosts 2 RAID 1 arrays, one for the OS and one for the SQL Logs. The M5015 hosts 1 RAID 5 array for the SQL DBs. The fasteners that hold the heat sink on the M5015 broke and I found the heatsink laying in the server. I did save the RAID M5015 configuration to a file using ServeRAID Manager.
If I replace the M5015 with a new one, can I load that config and have my array still be there with my SQL DBs on it? And if so, is there a proper order to do this in? In other words, after I take the old card out and put the new card in, do I just connect everything back up, boot it, load the config from the file through ServeRAID Manager, and then reboot it? Or do I have to leave the SAS cables disconnected, boot it, load the config from the file, shut it down, connect the SAS cables and boot again? I just want to make sure I don't wipe the existing array if at all possible. A restore from backups could be done but could be pretty risky in this case.