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I asked this at Superuser but received negative votes so here I am. I want to know if it is possible to Virtualize a server that runs on top of a RAID1 configuration. I want to migrate the virtual image to a new server but I worry that the old installation is tied in closely to the previous RAID controller.

Are there any caveats to virtualizing systems on raid arrays or does the virtualization software completely hide these facts from the new hardware? I want to port over as seamlessely as possible. Thanks

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You din't specify what the target hypervisor is or what P2V tool you plan to use, but in general, the process sees only the volume/partition from the perspective of the client OS and the underlying RAID level is irrelevant. – joeqwerty May 13 '13 at 0:49
That's what I wanted to know. For the record I am using ESXI as my hypervisor and Vmwares converter tool to create the virtual machine image. – user970638 May 13 '13 at 0:52
I'm assuming the source machine is using hardware RAID? If so, then you should have no problem converting it. – joeqwerty May 13 '13 at 1:02
I'm not positive but I think it has a hardware raid controller. Are there any pitfalls when using software raid? – user970638 May 13 '13 at 1:05
Software RAID volumes can't be convreted by the VMware converter, AFAIK. – joeqwerty May 13 '13 at 1:11

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