Reinitializing drives on a multi-disk ProxySG
What are the steps necessary for disk reinitialisation on a multi-disk ProxySG?
How do I reinitialise the drives on a mulitple disk ProxySG?
Reinitializing the drives on a multi-disk ProxySG is relatively easy and problem free. This process can be done during production hours without causing any downtime to the users. However, unless it is absolutely necessary, it is best to perform a reinitialize operation during low traffic or off hours. The first four steps below are strictly precautionary backup operations.
Note: You can skip steps 1-4 if you have a Symantec Director device. Instead you can simply use Director to save a profile of the SG.
In the event the configuration is lost during a reinitialize, please do the following:
Expect error messages when restoring an expanded configuration file
NOTE: An expanded configuration file contains all the encrypted passwords and network settings. These passwords are encrypted with the default "configuration-password-key". Once the ProxySG has been reinitialized that key is lost and a new one is created. If you do not restore the "configuration-passwords-key" before restoring the configuration file, then when the ProxySG imports the configuration file, it will attempt to decrypt those passwords using the new key and it will fail. That is expected. These passwords can be reset manually via the Management Console. Also the ProxySG will try to apply the network settings found in the file. However, during the setup process some network settings are already "set". So the ProxySG will print an error message letting us know that its already there. There may be other messages printed among the messages that actually have a result of "ok". It is important to carefully go through the error messages to determine if there is anything listed there that may be a valid concern.