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Adding drive space to a VM box

I have a new Dell PowerEdge T610 server.  It currently has two VMs running on it, using up (equally) the 300 GB that initially came with the server.

I would like to add some drive space to one of the VMs.  Specifically, I have brought in 2*1TB drives, which I would like to mirror, and then make the space available to VM1.

I do not have a lot of experience with VMs, and am curious as to how this is handled.  Do I first add it to the Dell server, through the built-in RAID controller utilities?  Can I use Server Manager on VM1 to setup these new drives?

Any helpful guidance appreciated.

Thanks,

Tony
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What version of VMware Hypervisor are you using?

VMWare Server, Workstation, Player, ESXi or ESX?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you have VMware ESXi or ESX.

The first task, is to add the new hard drives to the server, and use the Dell RAID Manager BIOS options to create the RAID 1 Mirrored Array.

Then when you start VMware ESXi/ESX, connect using the vSphere Client, Select the Server, Configuration, Storage option, and create a new 1TB datastore.

Once you have created the new datastore available to ESXi/ESX host server, you can then decide how to proceed, and add additional space to VM1.

How do you want to add space to VM1, add a new disk, or extend a disk currently on the datastore?
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tnormanAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the fast response.  I would like to add a new disk, to keep this data separate.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
is that add a new virtual disk to the VM1?
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tnormanAuthor Commented:
I was just answering your question, so I would guess 'yes'.  Currently, there is only a 'C' drive on the VM, and I would be OK making this new virtual drive/mirror drive 'D'.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, so once you have added the physical disks, created a RAID 1 Mirorr using the F2 RAID BIOS Menu, created a new datastore.

You can add a new disk to the VM1, and specify this new datastore to store it.
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