Running a single ESXi 4.0 server with 5 clients. Due to some unfortunately drive failures and firmware bugs I've got corruption in the direct attached RAID 1+0 array that holds my VMs. HP assures me the only fix is to rebuild the array.
I need to schedule an outage to:
- Backup/move all the VMs (I've got ghettoVCB working to send backups to NFS shares on a Win2k3 server as an option)
- Dump and rebuild the array and tell ESXi about it when done.
- Restore/move all the VMs back to storage on the rebuilt array.
I'm worried about how long this might all take so toying with the idea of putting VMware Server 2.0 on the Windows Server that catches the NFS backups. Then I could at least have the machines up and running while doing the array maintenance and telling ESXi about the "new" storage. However, this leads to some "version" concerns.
If I startup the VMs from their backups using VMware Server will they have any virtual hardware issues?
After running the VMs with VMware Server will I have any issues moving them back to ESXi -- or will I need to use VMware Converter?
Anyone done anything like this?