I am admittedly a novice when it comes to vmware, and this is a production system. Recently in order to add some more storage space I added a single additional drive to my RAID 5 set. I was able to get the Dell openmanage installed in ESXi and then expand the RAID to use the new drive.
Here is where the problem starts, I now need to add that space so that I can allocate it to one of the VMs on the server. I have been looking through the communities and found conflicting information about if and how it can be done.
If I go into the Volume properties using the vSphere client I can see the space listed for the device, but the partition only lists the old size. I took both VMs offline and hit increase, but there are no devices listed on the screen that opens.
I have attached a screenshot of the volume properties if it will help.
I have Windows backups of the servers, but no snapshots or anything like that. I can attach a USB drive to offload the images to if I need to.
Can someone please give me an easy to follow walkthrough on doing this? It seems that it is possible, but I also need to do this with the least downtime possible, as the server is accessed 16 to 20 hours a day normally.
It may be easier to Backup the datastore and Virtual Machines, and reformat the existing datastore.
otherwise you will have to use the console, and PartUtil to expand the datastore manually.