I am looking at R-Tools, as I have had dealings with a support company who used R-Tools and raved about their products.
I have a single server, at a remote location that I need to upgrade the disk space on.
I intend to remove a RAID-5 array of 8x146Gb SAS drives and replace them with a RAID-5 array of 8x600Gb SAS drives.
The server hardware is HP Compaq DL 380 G5 with internal raid controller.
What I would like to do is to cold boot the machine using a CD with drive imaging tools installed, that would then read the array contents and write it to a compressed image file on an external USB drive.
I would then replace the disks, and then reverse the procedure - booting from the same CD and writing the image back to the new larger disks.
It would be very advantageous to me if I could extend the c0d1p1 partition at the same time as writing the image back to the bigger array, but this is not 100% necessary.
The file system on the server is Linux Ext3 and LVM on a RedHat EL 5.2 OS, kernel 2.6.18-92
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Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00 131G 15G 109G 12% / /dev/cciss/c0d1p1 663G 381G 248G 61% /data /dev/cciss/c0d0p1 99M 12M 82M 13% /boot tmpfs 2.0G 0 2.0G 0% /dev/shm Filesystem Type 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00 ext3 136743936 15547496 114138216 12% / /dev/cciss/c0d1p1 ext3 694259868 399035184 259389296 61% /data /dev/cciss/c0d0p1 ext3 101086 12180 83687 13% /boot tmpfs tmpfs 2023256 0 2023256 0% /dev/shm Disk /dev/cciss/c0d0: 146.7 GB, 146778685440 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 17844 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/cciss/c0d0p1 * 1 13 104391 83 Linux /dev/cciss/c0d0p2 14 17844 143227507+ 8e Linux LVM Disk /dev/cciss/c0d1: 733.9 GB, 733909245952 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 89226 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/cciss/c0d1p1 * 1 89226 716707813+ 83 Linux