Migrate existing windows 2003 OS from local disks to boot from SAN

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Boot from SAN
IBM
Storage Area Networks
Windows Server 2003
So far ive tried mirroring the internal disks in windows with the SAN disk and then removing the internal disks and no luck. So what I have done now is used Acronis and imaged the internal disks to the SAN disk, changed the boot options in the BIOS to point to the external disks, changed HBA setting to boot from the LUN and still no luck. Ive read somewhere about booting up with the windows cd and pressing F6 with loading the HBA drivers and doing a repair to the windows on the SAN. Anyone know an easier way to be able to migrate local operating system to a SAN and booting from the OS on the san. I have done clean installations of boot from san and know it works.
ASKED: July 29, 2008  9:54 PM
UPDATED: December 30, 2008  6:38 AM

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Fixed.

What needed to be done extra was to set BIOS for the HA to enabled.

Everything works fine with just imaging the internal discs to the SAN and then made the changes to the BIOS and HA to boot from SAN.

Update :

I tried the same exercise on a HP Blade 465c with Windows 2003 R2 x64 (hooked to a HP EVA). Mirrored the local hard drives with a SAN volume via Windows Mirroring and then set the BIOS settings (for system and HBA) but it doesn’t boot. After the BIOS check, the system hangs with the following error :

Attempting to Boot from Hard Drive (c:)
A disk read error occurred.
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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