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ReaR does not support servers with SAN-attached storage/SAN boot

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1
SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension SP1


ReaR 1.7 fails to boot restored server with message "Non-system disk or disk error"


ReaR 1.7 does not support servers with SAN-attached storage including SAN-boot environments.  An enhancement request has been submitted and servers with SAN-attached storage should be supported in the next version of ReaR included in SLE HA SP2.

Additional Information

Steps to Duplicate:

1- Install ReaR on SLES 11 SP1 server with SAN-attached storage.
2- Configure required settings in /etc/rear/local.conf (e.g location of back up (nfs) and output type (iso))
3- Run command #rear mkbackup
4- Copy the ReaR.iso to cd/dvd on the server so it boots from it
5- Reboot the server
6- At rear screen with prompt "boot"type"rear" to enter rear image.  All the
drivers and modules should load at this point from rear.
7- Type "rear recover"
8- Reboot.  Upon reboot to hard drive the message"Non-system disk or disk error" appears.


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  • Document ID:7008030
  • Creation Date: 02-Mar-2011
  • Modified Date:12-Oct-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time Extension

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