From SCSI controller to RAID controller in a Dell
My logic is somewhat fuzzy on this so I thought I'd better check what I'm letting myself in for before I do anything drastic.
I have a server that borked recently taking the hard drive with it... In the process of getting it back up and running I've realised that what I thought was a SCSI RAID controller is in fact a SCSI controller with no RAID at all.
Unfortunately the backplane for the servers will only allow one channel (Dell Poweredge 1800) so I'm looking at how best to swap the controllers over whilst still retaining the new Win Server 2003R2 OS installation that I've been working on restoring.
I'm assuming that I can't simply swap the controllers over and expect the single disk to work as a JBOD or for the OS to simply boot up with the new RAID controller without blinking. I'm also guessing that I'm probably going to be faced with taking a full backup, swapping the controller and then doing a system repair using the Win2k3 bootable CD to get it back with the correct drivers.
Is this right or have anyone got any other tips on this one.
The ultimate plan is to convert a server with no RAID backup to having 5 drives (3x 146 and 2x 300) as RAID 5 and RAID mirror with the OS on the 146's and backups to tape with a ASR backup and ghost image taken for disaster recovery.
Thanks in advance... I just want to be sure I get this one right... :cool: