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Increasing vmdk size greater than 2TB

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Hi Experts,

We are running ESXi 5.1 on a Dell Compellent SAN and Windows 2012 as file server. I have one file server which is going to need close to 8TB on it. Currently I have a 1.5TB volume which I will need to expand. What would be a better option to add multiple 2TB drives and then use dynamic volumes to combine them or just expand the LUN to the needed size?

Not sure if 5.1 can take volumes greater than 2TB

TIA
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or upgrade to ESXi 5.5 - 62TB virtual machine disks.

Support for virtual machine disks larger than 2 TB in vSphere 5.5

if you cannot upgrade, options;-

1. Multiple 2TB virtual machine disks, and Dynamic Disks in the OS to SPAN.

2. Connect direct to the LUN with RDM/RAW LUN, and connect to larger than 2TB LUN on SAN.

3. Install Microsoft iSCSI Initiator in the VM and connect to the large than 2TB LUN on SAN.
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What's the limit in 5.5 and how would you do it in 5.5? Thanks
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62TB virtual machine disks.

Just create or extend the disk.
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