I have an Hp Proliant DL 360 G7 running ESXi (VSphere 5.0.0) on a RAID 5 array configuration. I currently have 4 drives (3 online and 1 offline spare). Since the 4 bays on top are empty, I purchased the hard drive backplane kit along with 1 cage with allows you to insert 2 drives. However, I will only be adding one drive.
In short, I want to:
1. Add backplane kit with cage
2. Add 1 SAS HDD
3. Add this SAS HDD to the current RAID ARRAY without wiping out anything – IMPORTANT! – I can’t afford to lose any data as I have very important production VM’s running on here.
How can I add the HDD backplane kit/cage, the 1 SAS HDD to the RAID, without losing data?
I assume this would appear in my VMWare ESXi host as a new datastore under storage once I fire the machine up?But I can’t stress enough..How can I add the drive without losing my raid array/data.
PS. I have my VM’s backed up to tape
Please help soonest