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Converting physical rdm to virtual rdm with MSSQL server drives in VMware 5.5

Last Modified: 2015-03-02
We currently have six drives that are physical rdm. We would like to convert them to vitural rdm's. The problem is that we have to turn off the server detach and delete the drive then reattach it as a virtual rdm. When we turn it on all the drives might be offline which will cause MSSQL to error out. Has anyone had experience doing this with a MSSQL server? If so what is the best way to do this?
-Windows 2008 R2
-MSSQL 2008 64 bit
-vSphere 5.5 sp2
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