Dell PowerEdge 1500sc RAID and other server questions
Despite many warnings to SMT that a new server was needed, one of the servers at one of my schools has decided to give up the ghost. It will boot, but only as far as the "loading Server 2003" screen in both normal and safe mode. The SCSI controller will try to fix one disc, but will only find problems on the other. Any Windows-based boot discs (UBCD, Server 2003) fail to find the system discs, but Linux-based ones see all the discs in the machine.
I'm wondering whether the Windows discs need the RAID drivers, but I'm unsure which of the many RAID type d/ls at Dell are needed. Anyone know? I was hoping that a repair install might get things at least going...
Going on from there, this may kickstart some server investment. At the moment, they have 2: the knackered Dell and and HP that seems mainly there for document storage and Ranger (SIMS and all network drives are on the downed machine). I'd rather they get a new Server and just transfer everything across (is this fairly easy to do?) or possibly consolidate everything onto one, or (more work, but spreads the load) the HP for network drives and the new server as the DC/SIMS machine.
However, I think it much more likely that they will just get some extra discs for the HP and want everything migrated onto it. Bearing in mind that my knowledge of setting up servers is virtually nil, is this something that is "do-able"? I'd personally prefer it if the actually got someone from the LEA in to show me how to do it, but the cost would be too high...
Oh, the pupils' (200+) laptops aren't on the domain, so if too many changes were made I'm guessing that the Public folder and network printer would have to be remapped. Pretty sure that the staff laptops aren't on the domain either.
I should point out that I took over after no-one had looked at the school for at least a couple of years (they had a <non, as it worked out->maintenance contract with an outside contractor previously).