ESXi 4.1 hard drive replacement
Posted on 2011-03-15
I have installed a ESXi on a test server that had one 250gb hard drive. ESXi and 3 vm's are installed on the hard drive in datastore1.
I added a second hard drive, created datastore2 and I'm using that for added storage for my vm's.
The original 250gb hard drive is squealing quite loudly and likely going to crash shortly. I can move the vm's to datastore2 or even add a temporary hard drive as datastore3 and move the vm's. But how do I actually reinstall ESXi?
I've seen some suggestions about using a command line but it's not clear. I run a command and backup up the ESXi config and run a command to restore it. Is that after I put in the CD and install ESXi to the new hard drive? Once it's installed I then run the restore command?
It was also suggest I could just do the install and "import" the vm's back in.
Is there a best method?