Expanding physical storage space on virtual server
Posted on 2012-09-04
Just after a little advice on this one,
We currently have a HP ProLiant DL360 G6 1U Rack Mount Server which is running VMWare ESXi 4.0.0 (running 3 virtual servers). Currently there are 4 80GB drives (which form a raid 5) on board and we have come to the point were we are running out of storage space and need to increase the of HD's. I am wanting to know what would be the best way of going about expanding the physical hard drive storage on the server. We are wanting to use 250GB HD’s. Now this is the part I am a little confused with; Is this a process of inserting a new drive and allowing the raid to copy contents onto the new drive or will we need to copy the virtual machine files out of the VM ESXi onto the new drives?
The later option I am trying to avoid as I have little to no experience in doing this.
Any suggestions, advice are greatly appreciated.