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How to move off san boot to local disk with HP servers

How to move off san boot to local disk
1. add the disks to the server
next do a to see if the new disks show up

2. Setup the Raid controler f8 (hp)
3. Boot off of system rescue cd
4. find the new drive, use fdisk -l 
5. copy partition over using dd and reboot to see new parition table


  • dd if=/dev/mapper/3600508b4000618d90000e0000b8f0000 of=/dev/sda bs=1M
  • dd if=/dev/sdar of=/dev/cciss/c0d0 bs=1M

reboot unpresent the SAN’s from virtual connect or whatever storage interface your using.
You need to have the boot from san volumes disabled in VCEM

6. make new swap using cfdisk and then run

  • mkswap /dev/cciss/c0d0p9  (This controller0 drive0 Parititon 9) 
  • The size of the swap partition will vary, I used 32000M when i created it in cfdisk, you are free to use fdisk to do this also.

7. now you need to mount / to a directory, so make a empty directory

  • mkdir /mnt/root
    and mount it, examples below
    mount /dev/sda6 /mnt/root or mount /dev/cciss/c0d0p6 /mnt/root

9. fix the fstab (cfdisk works great for this if your system rescue disk)

  • vi /mnt/root/etc/fstab
  • change /dev/mapper/mpath0p* to cciss/c0d0*
  • comment out the swap volume
  • add new swap (/dev/cciss/c0d0p9)

10. next fix vi /mnt/root/etc/multipath.conf

  • uncomment: devnode “^cciss!c[0-9]d[0-9]*”
  • for EMC add:

device {
vendor “EMC”
product “Invista”
product_blacklist “LUNZ”
getuid_callout “/sbin/scsi_id -g -u -s /block/%n”
features “0”
hardware_handler “0”
path_selector “round-robin 0”
path_grouping_policy multibus
rr_weight uniform
no_path_retry 5
rr_min_io 1000
path_checker tur

11. next mount the boot parition


  • mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/root/boot
  • mount /dev/cciss/c0d0p1 /mnt/root/boot

12. edit grub.conf

  • vi /mnt/root/boot/grub.conf
  • change /dev/mapper/mpath0p* to /dev/sda*
  • change /dev/mapper/mpath0p* to /dev/cciss/c0d0

13. edit

  • vi /mnt/root/boot/
  • change /dev/mapper/mpath0 to /dev/sda
  • change /dev/mapper/mpath0 to /dev/cciss/c0d0

14. fix the initrd

  • zcat /mnt/root/boot/initrd-2.6.18-3……. | cpio -i -d
  • edit the file ‘init’
  • change mkrootdev line to /dev/cciss/c0d0p6 (this is the is / partition)
  • change resume line to /dev/cciss/c0d0p9 (this is the new swap partition)

15. Make a backup of the new partition

  • mv /mnt/root/boot/initrd-2.6.18-…. /mnt/root/boot/initrd-2.6.18-……backup

16. recompress the new initrd

  • find . | cpio -o -H newc |gzip -9 > /mnt/root/boot/initrd-2.6.18-348.2.1.el5.img

17. upon reboot, change the boot order in the bios settings to use the hp smart array controller

18. You may need to create a new inird using the redhat linux distro if the initrd doesnt boot.

  • chroot to /mnt/sysimage for /
  • then go to the boot parition and
  • mkinitrd -f -v initrd-2.6.18-53.1.4.el5.img 2.6.18-53.1.4.el5

19. reboot