How to Retrofit Storage Foundation in Your Customers Environments
I spend a lot of time with customers discussing the value of using Storage Foundation. A question I get asked a lot these days is "Brian that all sounds great, but what do I need to do to install it on existing systems". This is a very good question particularly since Storage Foundation is perfect to facilitate not only server platform migrations but storage migrations also. Customers can quickly see the advantages of a solution like Storage Foundation but what are the practicalities of retrofitting it? High level there are two forms of migrations. Offline migration where filesystems are offline during the conversion process and Online. Online migrations still incur an outage at the first stage (an umount and remount of filesystems) but the conversion is done while the filesystems are mounted. To help pull this information together I have written a short document that outlines the offline version for all the Operating Systems. There are also links to the documents needed for all versions of the procedures. I hope it's useful.