Move a LUN from one server to another

By dgarvey ·

I have a situation and I'm hoping some of you may be able to provide some guidance.

Using Win2K3E...

Server A is attached to a LUN that resides on a SAN via fibre channel. There is nothing "special" going on with this LUN - it is just being used for file storage and only has one partition on it.

Server B is being built to replace Server A. I want to move the LUN from Server A to Server B and maintain all of the data without having to do a file/copy or backup/restore.

I attempted this in test, and Server B doesn't recognize any file system on the LUN (Server A was powered down at the time, both servers were NOT trying to read the LUN at the same time). I expect this is because Server B doesn't know the disk signature on the LUN.

Does anyone know a way I can do this kind of cut-over successfully?

Thanks in advance.

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by BTAnime In reply to Move a LUN from one serve ...

From what I remember on NetApp, you can just copy the LUN to the other server... did you enable the SAN on server B?

I will check this in depth.

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by fly_scuba In reply to Move a LUN from one serve ...

I'm looking to perform a multiple LUN migration from one sql cluster server to another. The target server is connected to the same SAN as the source in an active / passive cluster. I'll be converting the active / passive to an active / active. Will the target server recognize the file system / data files after to migration without a restore or copy operation?

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