I have recently taken oven an environment where the previous IT made quite a mess of mail and server hardware. That aside, I am trying to determine if ESXi can support my goal of adding in immediately needed hardware upgrade to the environment. Exchange is going to run out of space in a matter of days, and I have no method of providing it more space to the current RAID.
This server has an HP 320i RAID controller in it. This controller cannot expand the currently installed RAID 5. It can however, add in a secondary logical disk as another RAID 5. I have yet to do this, as I need to confirm that ESXi will recognize a second logical disk, and then allow me to delegate partitions of it to all 3 active virtual servers. Another side issue? I have no access to the ESXi interface at this time as it is using a password that is unknown. This is a freshly built server, so it's highly likely to be V 5.1.
To recap - will ESXi see, and then be able to assign partitions of another RAID 5 I build on the controller? Following that, do you foresee any Windows Server 2008 r2 issues with this plan (not expecting any if ESXi will let me do what I need it to).?
If you need further details to assist, let me know.