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ancient OES11 server with Software RAID1

I've been asked to sort out a OES11 Server setup in 2012

Server Motherboard died and out of desperation
After cloning the disk with a Hardware clone I tried in a new machine
Grub Splash screen loads but can't find device
I know that's normal for SATA disk in a new machine

I tried OES11 Sp1 disk > repair option with one of the disk
but it says its NOT the correct version!!
I went ahead anyway but can't repair because of partioning

Same with SP2 - so I'm guessing its pre SP1 & don't have the disk for that!

I tried removing RAID setup by stopping MD0 & MD1 & zeroing superblock (never done anything with software raid so I'm relying on google !)
I can mount the /dev/sda2 and see the data

I also DD copied /dev/sda using same partitions (using SFDISK)
again I can mount /dev/sda2

Managed to get the most of the data off BUT would like to boot the Server in another box
They have some custom software which required a key to make the data useable!
They have CD for the software but can't install again without generating a un-install key - so bit screwed
(the company that did the software no longer around) ... hence OES11 still

Any ideas how I can boot the Server
maybe server still thinks its RAID1 - even though I've removed disk from RAID

I don't really understand madam config
may be need to re-do init ??

Any ideas would appreciated
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Re: ancient OES11 server with Software RAID1

bhrt60;2494748 wrote:
I've been asked to sort out a OES11 Server setup in 2012

Server Motherboard died

I'm sorry to hear that...



After cloning the disk with a Hardware clone I tried in a new machine

I'm glad to know that you preserved the original disk.

Normally one asks OES questions in an OES forum as you have done but this is clearly a Linux issue. If you don't find the help you need here, you might want to ask in the SLES Install-Boot forum.



I can mount the /dev/sda2 and see the data

That's a start. Look at these files to determine what release was installed.


  • /etc/SuSE-release
  • /etc/novell-release
  • /etc/lsb-release
  • /etc/os-release



Managed to get the most of the data off BUT would like to boot the Server in another box

Any ideas how I can boot the Server
maybe server still thinks its RAID1 - even though I've removed disk from RAID

Once you determine the correct software version that is installed, I would try to repair the installation again.



I tried removing RAID setup by stopping MD0 & MD1 & zeroing superblock

It shouldn't matter that you are only using one of the RAID 1 disks: SLES should just see it as one disk of a failed RAID 1 array.
I would use a clone of the original disk.

Be sure to consult the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 documentation and the Open Enterprise Server 11 documentation.

For situations like yours, you may be better off opening a Service Request with Micro Focus. Even though OES11 has reached End of Life long ago, as long as your maintenance is current Micro Focus will still support it on a best effort basis. What that means is they won't open any new bugs but other than that, they will do what they can.

Once you have identified your software versions, we can try to locate recovery media.
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