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Some quick questions on migration
Just looking for some quick pointers if I may?
HP microserver running raid 1 with whs 2011
Boot drive is 250gb sata drive
2 x 2tb Sata drives with RAID 1 (so therefore 2tb)
Aim is to migrate to Stablebit pool with folder duplication.
For now have purchased a Seagate 3tb Sata drive.
Quick questions. How to back up existing data? My thinking is to place new drive in server, add to Stablebit pool, copy relevant non pooled data to pool. Is that a good first step?
Then delete raid one setup (via HP bios) as I assume Stablebit folder duplication is a better way to go? Is this assumption correct?
I assume deletion of the raid array will delete all my data (hence the backup mentioned before) ?
Then I will have three data drives (2x 2tb plus 1 x 3tb) plus a 250gb boot drive.
What are my optimal next steps at this point? Using Stablebit and WHS.
Or is there an even better way altogether of doing all of it this?
London UK. .
Thanks for the questions. In fact the drive letters are all the way from C: through to G: this was automatically done by the install of WHS2011. I nevver really understood why WHS2011 did that and it is one of the reasons I wish to migrate to Stablebit DrivePool.
I'm not at the machine right now so can't access drive partition view. If I recall when I set up then server (some 18 or so months ago) I initially installed the 250gb drive (the other drives were not in the machine) and then enabled raid1 and inserted the two 2tb drives. When I booted up again there was no OS to boot (the first install of WHS was not seen), so i had to do a reinstall with the raid array. It was at this point, so far as I recall, that all the various partitions were created (a mess in my opinion as I had hoped for a simple C: boot drive and, say, an E: or F: data partition (corresponding to the 2tb (raid 1) drive. Instead I got partition from C all the way to G:
More recently I installed DrivePool and the pool is seen as H: with the capicity corresponding to the spare capacity on the non-boot partitions).
Appreciate any pointers you may have.
Thanks for your continued support.
I'm beginning to think that I should rebuild my server from the ground up to clear out the mess. Is there a link you can point me to which gives an idealised set up for StableBit DrivePool and WHS2011?
Maybe I should migrate to Windows 8 or Server 2012, ditching WHS2011 altogether. I see that Stablebit DrivePool is compatible with Win7/64, so I imagine that it is forward compatible with win8/64 and server12? But so far I can't find much on the covecube site regarding that.
How does SB Drivepool interact with Storage Spaces?
Yes sorry you did ask and I forgot to answer. Yes I do have some USB caddies. I'll load the new 3tb into one, format it and back up the server. I will, considering you wish to be me (:)) also back up the server across the lan to a client machine. It will be a slow process, but I can let it run overnight.
Then go via your steps you mention, nuking the raid1 data etc and doing a clean install with DrivePool, then physically mount the various drives.
You say that DP is compatible with Server 12, but then recommend I stick with WHS11. I've not used Server 12 yet, what advantages would I have with WHS11 other than not having to learn something new?
I took some relevant screenshots of my current server setup just in case you, or anyone else are interested.
Here is a screenshot of the physical discs
Of the folders in dashboard
of the hard drives in dashboard and lastly
of the pool in dashboard
In the meantime I have done a full backup of my server (using an esata caddy and the seagate 3tb) which went through smoothly.
I will, over the next days but realistically over the weekend (as work gets in the way) do a fresh build using WHS2011 with DrivePool and Scanner after nuking the raid1 setup. For much of my data (esp. movies) I don't need a backup so I can selectively do folder duplication. This is going to give me tons of disc headroom as compared to the raid1 setup. Part of the rebuild is to relicence things like JRiver Media Centre which i use as a core application in a server/client setup arrangement (shared libraries etc) so I need to take care not to break things.
I caught Alex (of this parish) being interviewed by the HomeServerShow guys a few days ago and feel very encouraged by his 'vision'.
@Shane, the links to the screenshots are there, the forum software here does not seem to highlight the hyperlinks well. Hover over the last three sentences in my previous post, you ought to see them then.
at home and at work. All seems fine, except once with IE at home and
got some form of redirect (which I assume you were seeing). Seems to
have gone now
Anyways, something I need to get sorted asap. Weird. Looks like some form of dns injection.