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Replacing a ServeRAID M 5015 card

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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.
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1)  make sure you have a good full backup of everything on this server.
2) the disk configurations are actually written to the disks as well as in NVram in the array controllers.  so as long as all of your disks are running good and you don't change any of the cabling or disk slot orders, the new array card will read the configuration from the disks.
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That's kind of what I thought I saw but just wanted to get some reassurance from someone that I was reading things correctly. Thanks for the reply.
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