SBS 2003 and beyond

Mar 26 2009   11:03PM GMT

Restoring a 2003 Server that had Mirrored Dynamic Disks

Roger Crawford Roger Crawford Profile: Roger Crawford

I had a customer call that had a server that they rebooted and it never came back. Ever been there before? I know we all have many times and here lately it has been because of older hardware and the motherboard just giving up the Ghost. Well i got on-site and yip it was dead and now what to do. As the servers we are using here now are SAS Drive Type HP Servers and this was a older SCSI drive. OK I looked around and found a ML 350 that we have replaced but we had not did anything with the server and I got the server to boot with one of the drives out of the failed server running as a spare.

I then used my favorite program Shadow Protect IT version and backed up the disk that had the C Drive and the E Drive on it. It had been a mirrored set so the disk was running in Dynamic Disk mode. Oh Goody I am so excited. So I looked around for something to restore onto and the pickings was slim for that but we are running HyperV at this site so I restored the server into a Virtual Server session. Once this completed I thought ok here we go rebooted the server and nothing. Just a blank screen with a cursor in the left hand side of the screen. OK now what the heck scratched my head went and got a Pepsi and checked the Shadow Protect website. Sure enough there was the fix I needed. What I had to do was boot with a 2003 Server CD hit R and go into the recovery Console and once logged in I type Fixboot C: and then fixmbr rebooted and away we went. Pepsi works every-time OK most every-time but sounds good with this one.

Tel later just Roger

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