Compaq Deskpro EN 733/512 with Windows 2000 Server booting on 9GB SCSI drive, Adaptec controller. Active Directory, Domain Controller, WINS, file/database server. Drive getting full, Non-Profit on the Cheap, picked up a large IDE drive hoping to simply add it.
Life is for learning, now I understand that unless the BIOS allows you to set SCSI to boot, the IDE will want to boot. Made a ROMPaq disk with the latest firmware upgrade on the slim hope they've added that capability. Still don't know, ROMPaq wouldn't boot, will try making another today. Was hoping to have the new drive online Wednesday...
Words of wisdom, please, from those who have been through similar situations. Assuming the CMOS update does not change the situation, are there any workarounds (preferably Open Source/Freeware)? A bootloader I can install on the IDE drive to boot the SCSI with Win2K Server? Should I spend tomorrow re-installing W2K on the IDE drive? (If so, how best to transfer the AD/domain configs to the new install, or better to start fresh - currently only 5 clients are accessing it.) Or should I blow the deadline, order a smaller but comparably priced SCSI drive, and just plug them in when they arrive?
I am the IT Department and DBA, along with several other functions. I have plenty of other items on my agenda, so while this is a high priority I've already spent hours learning a lot but accomplishing nothing. What do you see as the most efficient approach to accomplishing the goal of expanding this server's capacity?
Thanks for your ideas!