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I have an HP DL380 G5 that was in a production network as a database server, with HP StorageWorks 2012fc / MSA 2000 SMB storage. The production system has been brought down and the servers are now in my office. I need to recover the DB to some historical data but am unable to boot the database box.

Here's what is happening:

I have connected the DL380 to the SAN switch and the SAN switch to the storage arrays. When I boot into RHEL the boot screen stops at the line:

[ 3.254102] SELinux: initialized (dev usbfs, type usbfs), uses genfs_contexts

Then the box just sits there...

Here's what I've tried:

I used an ubuntu live cd to boot and tried to look around for a mount point to mount the drives and see if I can find anything... I can find and mount /boot under /dev/csiss/c0d0p1 but I cannot find the / mount. Using FDisk I found that / has a file system of type Linux LVM. From thre I did some looking around the web and found that you can't just mount a Linux LVM -- but I don't have a /dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 or such (which is what the grub configuration uses for the root mount point.

And that is about the extent of my SysEng experience/knowledge...

anyone know what else I can try to get this box up and running with or without the SAN (I have a dump of the DB that I can load on the local volume if I can get to the config)?

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We have now managed to install the LVM via a package on USB in the Ubuntu live CD. Using that we removed the fstab entry for the attached storage and were able to boot the RHEL install.

So I answer my own question 30 minutes after asking it.

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