My SBS 2008 server is running on a 2 year old ML110 G4 and the disk subsystem is not up to the task. I’m unsure if it’s a hardware issue or just old as I frequently get the system pausing whilst the hard drive light is flat out on.
Anyway – I decided to look at restoring it to an ML110G5 – newer disk controller, 3GB SATA drives etc. Here’s the process I used.
1. I went into the BIOS and ensured that the boot order placed the DVD at the top, the inbuilt hard drive as 2nd and the removable USB hard drive as 3rd.
2. I took the last full backup from SBS, and booted from the SBS 2008 DVD.
3. I selected the right country and then selected “Repair You Computer”.
4. I selected “Complete PC restore” and it began to scan my USB drive for backup images.
5. Clicked Next and then selected “Add Drivers” as I know that SBS2008 does not have the RAID driver for the ML110 G5 inbuilt.
6. Next again and then tick the box to confirm that I wanted to erase all data on the inbuilt hard drive and I was away… well almost.
After a minute or two the restore process gave me an error on screen “element not found 0x80070490” and stopped. Hmm – a little strange, but a quick Google found that this was due to the detection process of the restore program. It had detected the USB drive incorrectly in the process. Easy fix. Remove all the USB drives, reboot and then connect the USB drives AFTER step 3 above and it then commenced restoring. The backup drive was a 400GB 2.5” WD drive and it was restoring around 250GB of data all up. It took approximately 2.5 hours to restore the data, and after a reboot it was good to go – I could logon to the console.
Ok the next bit was pretty basic – installed all the drivers for the ML 110 G5 from HP’s website and another reboot. To be safe, I ran the “Connect to the Internet” wizard on it to ensure that it bound and set the IP on the servers NIC correctly. Amazing huh – it all worked with out of the box product.
Ok today was just a test restore. I plan for the real thing on Saturday when I do all my major server maintenance. I’ll let you know how it goes after it’s all done.