JSI Tip 7706. When you restart a Windows 2000 server in a SAN (Storage Area Network) environment, dynamic disks do NOT come online in a timely manner?

When you use dynamic disks to create logical volumes by striping or spanning, in a SAN environment, you may experience the subject behavior.

This problem is caused by the host bus adapter miniport driver not reporting storage devices to the server in time.

NOTE: If the volumes don't eventual come online, you can use a Diskpart.exe script to do it manually.

Contact the SAN vendor to insure that the firmware, drivers, and configuration are current and correct.

NOTE: Your event log may contain:

Event Type: Error
Event Source: dmboot
Event Category: None
Event ID: 2
Time: HH:MM:SS
User: N/A
Computer: <ComputerName>
Description: dmboot: Failed to start volume Volume3 (no mountpoint)

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0000: 00000000 004e0002 00000000 c0500002
0010: 00000000 00000000 00000001 00000000
0020: 00000000 00000000

NOTE: I would use the Freeware Disk Manager Diagnostics tool which queries the dynamic disk database and redirects the output to a text file.

NOTE: See Disk Manager Diagnostics (Dmdiag.exe) Command-Line Tool.

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