Suggestions on how to migrate to new OS install

Moe, Justin Justin.Moe at
Mon Sep 27 23:26:39 CDT 2010


Did this as a quick test, or actually, something similar, with a 4 gig SD card and a cheapo card reader I had around.  Worked fine for that.

Hmm, actually, that does remind me, I do have an 8 gig thumb drive around, that might work for a proxmox install...

Thank you for the idea, it has got me recalling what I do have around to do this with.

From: linux-poweredge-bounces at [mailto:linux-poweredge-bounces at] On Behalf Of Jonathan B. Horen
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 21:12
To: linux-poweredge at
Subject: Re: Suggestions on how to migrate to new OS install

Get a 2GB thumb drive and plug it into one of the USB connectors (is there an onboard USB connector on the motherboard, or on top of the hot-plug drives? if so, use it), install ESXi onto it, then reconfigure the BIOS to boot from the USB drive.

We did it on a Dell R400, using the RAID-1 drives as the VMware datastore.

Use vSphere 4.1 Client to manage it; creating and managing VMs is a breeze.

On Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 7:47 PM, Moe, Justin <Justin.Moe at<mailto:Justin.Moe at>> wrote:

What I'm looking at is a PE2950 with the boot drive(s) in a RAID 1 configuration on a PERC6.

Right now, the machine has an old copy of Debian etch running VMServer 1.x, so for obvious reasons, we need to upgrade it.

However, my concern is that if the new VM platform isn't quite what we need (it's a toss up between ESXi 4.1 and ProxMox), I don't want to nuke our current install, which has proven to be solid.

The only idea I can come up with, aside from finding a pair of SAS drives to 'borrow' for this experiment, is to:

 1.  Remove both drives from the RAID 1
 2.  Take the secondardy drive and put it in the primary slot, but leave the primary drive out of the array
 3.  Do the install, and if it turns out that the new setup isn't what we needed, swap the drives back, reimport the config from the primary drive, and let it rebuild the array.
 4.  Try this procedure again later during the next maintence window with a different virtuilzation solution.

On paper, this seems like it would work, but I throw myself on the mercey of those who have more experience with these cards or advice or suggestions on a safer way to do this (or something similar).


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