I have an Intel S3420GPC Server Board using latest BIOS build (0052 - 5/16/2014). The server is currently configured to use the Intel ESRT2 RAID for a pair of WD Black 1TB drives configured RAID 1. ESRT2 version is 10.0225163i. Matrix RAID version is 10.8.0.1303.
There have been no issues with ESRT2. I'm changing the backup strategy to include a 3rd WD Black 1TB internal drive for Windows 2008 R2 bare metal recovery backups. I have run into an apparent limitation where the BIOS doesn't recognize this 3rd drive, so it doesn't appear as a separate drive under Disk Management for me to assign as a dedicated drive.
I have a need to switch to the Intel Matrix RAID and preserve the current ESRT2 RAID 1 disk configuration without having to rebuild the server. Can this be done?
The question appears often enough, how do I transfer my data from my old server to the new server while preserving file shares, share permissions, and NTFS permisions. Here are my tips for handling such a transfer.
Many businesses neglect disaster recovery and treat it as an after-thought. I can tell you first hand that data will be lost, hard drives die, servers will be hacked, and careless (or malicious) employees can ruin your data.
This video teaches viewers how to encrypt an external drive that requires a password to read and edit the drive. All tasks are done in Disk Utility.
Plug in the external drive you wish to encrypt:
Make sure all previous data on the drive has been …
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to install and configure the Windows Server Backup Utility.
Directly connect an external storage device such as a USB drive, or CD\DVD burner:
If the device is a USB drive, ensure i…