I am in a bit of a pickle. I have used Ghostcast to back up 9 out of 11 servers. The last two are creating a bit of an issue. I have two DL380 G7 attached to these servers is a single HP P2000 SAN. The servers are running Server 2008 r2 and the server that has Ghost Solution Suite is running server 2012 r2. On the previous servers:
Up to this point I have run into a few issues, that were easily solved thanks to this forum. When it comes to these other servers when I boot to USB I am getting one of two issues.
I have literally scoured the internet and this forum. I have tested multiple drivers. I have made various boot devices. Nothing seems to work. The only success I have had is removing the SAN. If I remove the san I can backup the server. The issue though is this does not help to back up the data on those drives. This is a SQL server and the data is very important. So at this point I have a few questions:
Thanks ahead of time!!
Excluding any solutions dealing with ghost, winpe versions, drivers, etc.
a) Are these servers boot from SAN or do they have local disks as well? My point being you can easily mirror SAN volumes within the vendor's XYZ software - provided the storage is provisioned. It just wouldn't be mapped to the server. Block mirroring would be unknown to the OS. Ghost could come into play if local disks were there.
b) I'll ask the silly question since I don't know the whole story. Can we just backup the databases and restore them to the new server?
Thanks for the quick response!!
a) They do not boot from the san, they have local disks. The san is just data for sql.
b) definitely not a silly question. That is kind of what I am wondering. Basically all of the servers are being cloned since we are switching from the software on these servers to new software on virtual machinesl. The cloned images are going to sit on a server for a year while we use the hardware for other purposes. After a year we are removing the images. They are there just in case 6 months down the road we need to spin these back up and use them again. Ideally if this issue does come up we can spin all of these servers up again and grab whatever we need off of them, or use the software again.
Hmm you may have pointed me in the correct direction. I guess the real question is this: Is it possible to do all of this in one go or should I clone the servers themselves and back up the sql database on the san seperately? I think if i can figure this out I will be able to come up with a better solution.
On the assumption that you are using an old version of Ghost and not the very latest, there are all sorts of driver and hardware issues that might be causing your grief.
First of all, please note that Ghost is NOT a backup solution - it is an imaging solution first and foremost. For critical data, you should always use a product that is designed for data backup and may offer a lot more resilience than ghost in the event that a backup image gets corrupted. When ghost images get corrupted, there is basically zero chance of recovering data. Given the generally low cost of hard disks, it might be cleaner and cheaper overall just to store the hard disks from these server machines and put in brand new disks for whatever they will be used for next.
Otherwise, get some software specifically designed for data backup on servers (yes, there is a Symantec product that does the job - used to be called Backup Exec but pretty sure it has been renamed now).
The current version of Ghost relies entirely on WinPE as the boot environment, and even with the latest WinPE, there are no guarantees that RAID drivers will work correctly in a command line environment. However, at least Ghost now runs with 64 bit WinPE and you can therefore use 64 bit drivers which is what modern servers tend to come with.