Hot Swap a SAS hard drive in a Dell PowerEdge 1950 running VMWare ESXi 4

Posted on 2011-10-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
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Can I hot swap the hard drive in a Dell PowerEdge 1950 if it is running ESXi 4?
Question by:jjh2010
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    As long as you do not do anything that affects the uptime of the RAID set you can hot swap.
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    Short answer is yes - however, you may have to reboot the ESXi Server in order to get the array controller to recognize it has a replacement drive installed and have it start rebuilding.
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Yes, if you are using a PERC RAID Array on the Dell PowerEdge 1950.

    If you are using the Dell OEM version of ESXi you should be able to check hardware status, under the Health Status or Hardware Status Tabs in available.

    Make sure you have valid VM backups before any configuration change. (not snapshots!).

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