I have a C200 M2 server running ESXi that has some hardware issues. I have a new replacement C200 M2 and will need to transfer the old CPU, RAM, and harddrives to the new server.
My question is, will I be able to boot up off the old harddrives in the new server without making configuration changes? I have done this successfully with HP servers in the past so long as the generation and installed hardware components were identical.
Yes. Assuming all RAID HDD members are being transfered from the old server to the new one in the same order (HDD0, HDD1, HDD2 etc), the virtual drive metadata should remain intact. I assume the RAID controller is the same also, so there shouldn't be an issue.
I won't argue with you on BFS! That is definitely the way to go, I just have a client that has a stand alone C200 for testing and has some issues with the hardware. They are eventually getting B-Series blades and doing BFS at that stage.