Solved

Replace system drive in Domain controller

Posted on 2016-11-14
7
32 Views
Last Modified: 2016-11-23
I've got a client on a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain. The have just the single domain controller and the onboard RAID is acting up. They have a RAID 1 and if both drives are plugged in the server runs extremely slow. If either of the drives is unplugged however, it runs normal. It is run off of the onboard Intel RAID controller. So my thought is rather than trying to add a RAID card and rebuild it with the two drives, what if instead I just install a single SSD? From what I understand they are much more reliable and they are frequently replacing RAID systems these days. So my first question is would that be a good idea? Offsite backups are maintained and there isn't much data on the computer anyway as it's a DC.

My second question (and I assume I would have to do this whether I replace the drives with an SSD or buy a new RAID card and set them back up) is how do I re-install an OS on a DC? Do I need to first remove all the PCs from the domain, reinstall, then add them back? There are only 11 client PCs so it's not a ton. Or is there some sort of backup and restore procedure that will maintain the domain structure correctly? I've always heard that it's not a good idea to image a DC so I assume I shouldn't clone the drives but if that's not true that seems like the easiest option for sure. And I understand I can't add a temporary server and promote it to a DC while I reinstall the original because of it being an Essentials domain instead of the full blown windows server.

Any guidance would be much appreciated!
0
Comment
Question by:Kyle King
7 Comments
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:No More
Comment Utility
SSD will do well for this, you are correct they are more reliable and for low setup like this will be good enough

Cloning will do and you will save time reinstalling
0
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:No More
Comment Utility
Whats the current size of hard drives ?
0
 

Author Comment

by:Kyle King
Comment Utility
The current drives are 2TB but they are using less than 140GB of space. So I was thinking of maybe putting in a 480 or 500GB SSD to make sure there is plenty of room for updates.
0
IT, Stop Being Called Into Every Meeting

Highfive is so simple that setting up every meeting room takes just minutes and every employee will be able to start or join a call from any room with ease. Never be called into a meeting just to get it started again. This is how video conferencing should work!

 
LVL 6

Accepted Solution

by:
No More earned 500 total points
Comment Utility
Good, just make sure that you use software for migration from HDD to SSD and that you disable pagefile

Also clear out temp folders etc before doing so
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:Kyle King
Comment Utility
Thanks so much!
0
 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:Lee W, MVP
Comment Utility
Very much disagree - this is a SERVER.  ALL DRIVES WILL FAIL.  A server needs a some kind of redundancy - it's CHEAP.  It's absolutely foolish in my opinion, given the costs, NOT to have RAID on a server.

In my opinion, the best solution is to virtualize the existing OS (it should have been setup as a VM in the first place).  Temporarily move it off to another system, repair the RAID on this server, and then move it back.  Replace with SSDs if you like but MAKE SURE you use a RAID 1 (Mirror).  Even software RAID in Windows.
1
 
LVL 1

Expert Comment

by:cmlbaete
Comment Utility
I fully agree with Lee W and would stress that you must remove the single point of failure. Although SSD's have come and long way they still fail and as you only one DC this is even more vital.
0

Featured Post

Windows Server 2016: All you need to know

Learn about Hyper-V features that increase functionality and usability of Microsoft Windows Server 2016. Also, throughout this eBook, you’ll find some basic PowerShell examples that will help you leverage the scripts in your environments!

Join & Write a Comment

Recently, I was assigned the task of performing a hardware refresh in the datacenter. The previous Windows 2008 systems were connected to the SAN via fiber channel HBA’s and among other thing, had PowerPath installed in order to provide sufficient f…
The article will show you how you can maintain a simple logfile of all Startup and Shutdown events on Windows servers and desktops with PowerShell. The script can be easily adapted into doing more like gracefully silencing/updating your monitoring s…
In this Micro Tutorial viewers will learn how to use Boot Corrector from Paragon Rescue Kit Free to identify and fix the boot problems of Windows 7/8/2012R2 etc. As an example is used Windows 2012R2 which lost its active partition flag (often happen…
In this Micro Tutorial viewers will learn how to restore their server from Bare Metal Backup image created with Windows Server Backup feature. As an example Windows 2012R2 is used.

771 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

9 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now