How to configure second array to be used by VMware?

Posted on 2012-09-20
Last Modified: 2012-10-15
This is using IBM X3650 M3 server, it uses RAID Card M5104.. Currently, there are 2 HDDs and a RAID-1 array was created. After that, a VMware ESXi 4 was setup to use these 2 HDDs.

Now, due to expansion, we bought 4 HDDs, and slotted them into the server. How to setup second array using RAID-5? Can this new array (storage) be detected by VMware?

Question by:MezzutOzil
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    Could you please clarify if you want to extend the first logical drive or you want to create a 2nd one using RAID5 most probably to host your VMs?
    If the 2nd option is the case then you have to create the logical drive from the controllers menu and then follow the below link:

    Growing or expanding a VMFS volume or datastore

    Author Comment

    Hi djStraTTos,

    Yes, 2nd option is what I wanted. The question is how to create this 2nd array by using the new 4 HDDs, and can it be done of not?

    Hope this will give a clearer picture...
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    As I wrote in my previous post when the server boots there are some shortcut keys that you have to press in order to access the Raid Controller's management interface.
    Through that you will be able to use all 4 additional disks in RAID5 and create your additional array. After that use the link I gave you above to proceed further.

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