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Add Additional Physical Hard Drives to eSXI Server

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We have a HP Pro DL360p Gen8 Server with eSXI Hypervisor installed. It contains 3 SAS 300gb drives in it already and I want to add an additional 3 SAS 300gb drives to it because the vm is running out of space. Can someone tell me what the procedure is or point me to documentation to add them and ensure the additional space can be allocated to the vm that resides on the eSXI server?
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by:Levi Gwyn
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There are so many possibilities here, we need to get more information.

1. How are the disks in the the system configured, e.g., RAID 5 or JBOD of some other configuration?
2. Does the RAID controller have a free channel, e.g., an internal SAS, and internal SATA or an external SAS or eSATA connector?
3. Are there any more physical disk bays or cartridges available?
4. How much more storage are you considering?

Honestly, as much as I hate to call HP, it may be your best avenue since there are so many possibilities.
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by:Calvin_Lemon
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Thanks for responding.

1. Running RAID5
2. Internal SAS
3. We have 5 additional bays available.
4. I'm looking to add and additional 3- 300gb drives.

Will I have to configure a different Raid Array with adding the 3 xtra drives?
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Levi Gwyn earned 500 total points
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Okay, that's a good start.  Again, there can be a lot of different scenarios depending on the manufacturer of the RAID card but, yes, you'll probably need to create a second RAID 5 array.  This may require a special cable though depending on the type of controller.  If the open bays are already cabled to the card, you're golden.  Once the array is recognized by VMware, you should be able to add it as a second datastore in the GUI vSphere client.
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by:Calvin_Lemon
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Great! Thank you for that information. I was just presented with an unrelated headache and will try your resolution when I have a chance. Thanks again!
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