Question about VMware limiting datastores
Posted on 2011-04-19
I've successfully setup a 4 drive RAID 5 comprised of 1TB disks with an approximate value of 2.7TB available on my DELL t310.
After installing ESX 4.1 I'm seeing some strange limitations when I try to create a datastore.
1st, the default datastore is of minimum size (740GB) of type vmfs3. I cannot increase the total capacity under the volume properties, and the block size defaults to 8MB.
2nd, if I delete the datastore and create a new one, I'm able to see the entire 2.73TB, and can create ONE datastore if I choose the use that entire amount, but cannot divide it further into smaller datastores in order to - say - add multiple machines. It's one datastore, one big 2.73 Chunk of space, and one windows server. Don't want that. Want to add a netware and Linux box as well, so need more than one datastore if possible.
Am I missing something severe here? Could this be the all the peyote I ingested last summer? Any help would be greatly appreciated.