Solved

How to do a DELL R720 RAID ARRAY EXPAND

Posted on 2015-02-24
12
448 Views
Last Modified: 2016-11-23
Hi, I have an Dell R720 running ESXi 4.1 with 6 500gb hd and I am changing them one by one to for 1tbs.
Once it's done, I need to expand the raid array and vmware sees it.
How do we do that.
I am use to hp where I would do in the remote bios of this but not with the Dells.
tx!
0
Comment
Question by:philjans
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 5
  • 5
  • 2
12 Comments
 
LVL 35

Expert Comment

by:Seth Simmons
ID: 40629168
what raid level is it now?
what controller are you using?
0
 

Author Comment

by:philjans
ID: 40629177
Raid level 5 but I don't know the controller in it. I tried connecting to the iDrac but not sure of the username and psw.
0
 
LVL 35

Expert Comment

by:Seth Simmons
ID: 40629182
the default is root / calvin
unless you changed it
0
Windows Server 2016: All you need to know

Learn about Hyper-V features that increase functionality and usability of Microsoft Windows Server 2016. Also, throughout this eBook, you’ll find some basic PowerShell examples that will help you leverage the scripts in your environments!

 

Author Comment

by:philjans
ID: 40629189
great I'm in... but I see no where "Raid contoller settings"
0
 
LVL 35

Expert Comment

by:Seth Simmons
ID: 40629196
you see storage on the left?
0
 

Author Comment

by:philjans
ID: 40629335
no, there are just
Systeme
Idrac settings
Batteires
Fans
Intrusions
Power SUpply
Media Flash removable
Temp
Power
powersupply
LCD screen
0
 
LVL 35

Expert Comment

by:Seth Simmons
ID: 40629367
can you post a screenshot?
been a while since i had a 720 but do remember storage options were available in the idrac
0
 

Author Comment

by:philjans
ID: 40629377
2015-02-24-17-05-07-idrac-CCY1FQ1---iDRAI don't know how to put it in English.... I found under System and Inventory   Raid.integrated.1-1 Type PERC 6/I Integrated version 6.2.0-0013
0
 
LVL 35

Accepted Solution

by:
Seth Simmons earned 250 total points
ID: 40631749
ok just what i thought...it's not a 720 but a 710
that version didn't have the storage options as part of the iDRAC
do you have the ESX bundle installed for OMSA?

Dell OpenManage Server Administrator vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB) for ESXi 4.1,v7.4
http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=V7NTT

this will allow you to connect using the OMSA client; from what i've read the PERC 6 does allow for expansion; you already got the new drives in place which is the first step
keep in mind the ESX OMSA installation bundle will require a reboot
0
 
LVL 56

Expert Comment

by:andyalder
ID: 40632650
PERCs don't support swapping small drives out for larger ones and then extending, they only support adding drives to the current virtual disk. There's a very dirty workaround by deleting the virtual disk and creating a new one in its place without initialising but if any drive roaming has happened previously the data is scrambled.
0
 

Author Comment

by:philjans
ID: 40633331
Seems to be conflicting information here... Can I expand or not possible?
http://piftech.level5000.com/2012/07/09/dell-perc-6i-raid5-volume-non-destructive-expansion/
http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/f/4466/t/19538905
This was really easy to do on my HP ML370 :( How come on a not so cheap server it wouldn't accept expanding?
0
 
LVL 56

Assisted Solution

by:andyalder
andyalder earned 250 total points
ID: 40633538
The first link starts "Make sure a hard drive is available to add to the array," but you're not adding another disk so it does not apply.

The second link has what I called the dirty workaround:

 Posted by DELL-Sam L
on 3 Mar 2014 1:36 PM
Now there is also an UNSUPPORTED way that you can do this as well & to do it that way is as follows:

(As you say it's easy with a Smart Array controller but the RAID stack's different than Dell/LSI's.)
0

Featured Post

On Demand Webinar: Networking for the Cloud Era

Ready to improve network connectivity? Watch this webinar to learn how SD-WANs and a one-click instant connect tool can boost provisions, deployment, and management of your cloud connection.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Is your phone running out of space to hold pictures?  This article will show you quick tips on how to solve this problem.
Ransomware is a malware that is again in the list of security  concerns. Not only for companies, but also for Government security and  even at personal use. IT departments should be aware and have the right  knowledge to how to fight it.
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to reformat your flash drive. Sometimes your flash drive may have issues carrying files so this will completely restore it to manufacturing settings. Make sure to backup all files before reformatting. This w…
This Micro Tutorial walks you through using a remote console to access a server and install ESXi 5.1. This example is showing remote access and installation using a Dell server. The hypervisor is the very first component of your virtual infrastructu…
Suggested Courses

624 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question