Current Hardware configuration:
Dell Power Edge 2900 II, Windows Server 2008 R2, PERC5i, 16GB DDR2 RAM, Intel Xeon 5130 64bit, 8- 73GB SAS HDs (2= RAID1[67GB]OS, 6=RAID5[680GB]Storage), No current Flex Bay.
I am Updating to:
*** I intend to keep the current OS, in fact my question is about 'migrating' the OS into one of the Flex Bay RAIDs.
I do not want to have to reinstall the OS if I do not have to.
1- I am adding a Flex Bay with 2- 2TB Dell SATA HDs in RAID1 for the OS. (I intend to create 2 partitions with these drives) .
2- Once I install and initialize the FlexBay hard drives/array, - WHAT would be the best way to MIGRATE the OS from the current RAID one into the new FlexBay RAID?
3- Once that has been taken care of and the boot sequnce has been changed to the new FlexBay RAID, I will then remove the current 8 HDs, add 8- 2TB Dell SATA HDs in RAID10 for storage.
~OR~ do I have to install the OS onto the new FlexBay RAID once the flexbay hard drives have been initialized?
Any input/suggestions would be MUCH appreciated.
The best method will be different for everyone. These are the three methods I can think of to perform this:
Of those three my recommendation would be to virtualize. This changeover is an opportunity to update your configuration. Virtualizing will make it a lot easier to perform future changes as well. If you decide to virtualize then there should be a physical to virtual utility that will create a virtual machine of your current physical configuration.
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I apologize for not adding the following info in my original post but, there is no need for back up.
I received the DPE2900 as it was, fully functional, Server 2008 R2 OS only on the 2 hard drive / RAID1[67GB] partition. There was/is currently no data on the 6 hard drive / RAID5[680GB]Storage partition. And the Installation disks do not appear to be available. Hence my desire to 'clone' the OS onto the new FlexBay hard drives.
I was tasked with increasing the storage of this DPE2900 for an internal, stand alone server/network. It will be used for its redundancy to store sensitive Data that analysts (approx 2 to 5 at a time) will be accessing via a gigabit switch.
I hope the above helps clarify