vCenter Appliance out of space?


We have a customer who runs a vCenter Appliance. The embedded database fails to start and I believe that it is related to the fact that the system storage usage is at 100% (See attached screenshot) Does anyone know how we can either extend this or free up some system space?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if this is the vCenter Server Appliance 5.x, VMware has a step by step document here, which underlines the procedure

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It's basically the same as adding space to a Linux VM.

I found this Vmware based document for version 6. If you need another version, feel free to ask.
oops, wasn't fast enough. :)
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
looks like 5.x.
vmdudeAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info,

When I did this however it seemed to increase the database location rather than the system location - see screenshot. Does anyone have any ideas?
I'm not 100% sure I understand what you mean by database location, but you need to increase the disk space in the settings of the VM prior to following the steps in the document.

I hope this helps
vmdudeAuthor Commented:

As per the KB instructions, it asked to add a new hard drive of appropriate size to the VM. I added a 200GB drive which should be plenty.

After following out the instructions to the letter with no errors, upon reboot the Database under Storage Usage went from 8% down to 2% (see attached screenshot) whilst the system remained at 100% - Perhaps it is normal for the System to be at 100% I don't know. Perhaps this isn't the cause of the problem?
Yes I see that, my mistake sorry about that. I have used both methods in the past..

It looks like its the last command that adds the added disk to the database partition:
sed -i -e 's#/dev/sdb3#/dev/sdc1#' /etc/fstab

Did you receive an error with that command?
vmdudeAuthor Commented:
Thank you both for your help I am going to split the points as you both pointed me in the right direction. I found the following article which did the trick!
Thank you sir for the update! And for the points :)
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