why does expanding the disk on a VDP appliance cause problem

Vusi Radebe
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Tried expanding the storage from 1T to 4T on the VDP appliance 6.1 but it fails (wouldn't expand the disk any ideas???
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Hi,

this is known issues with VDP appliances, as discussed over Live Chat, kindly refer the below link:

https://blog89195.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/vdp-6-1-3-expand-backup-storage-space-seems-not-to-be-working-without-any-issues/

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Thanks for your help much appreciated
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Better off creating a new VDP appliance

IT NEVER WORKED ON ANY VDP VERSION!
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Thanks Andrew

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Hi! Andrew and Gaurav just a quick update with our experience in our environment , after expanding the disk of the appliance (VM), the appliance run's an integrity check and after the second one (integrity check) the appliance sorts itself out and see's the disk. Just in case someone else has the same problem, they must just be patient and that can take up to 72 hours and thanks again.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Wasting your time if your VDP appliance became greater than 84 percent full it will never rebalance itself.and therefore not letting you use more storage.

VDP is useless and the worst product VMware has ever launched!

Be warned it will come back and bite you.

Look to the future and find a replacement!

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appriciate your advise! any suggestions for a small environment
Gaurav SinghSolutions Architect

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you can go with VEEAM Backup, its good for small business. Refer below.

Essential version is free.

https://www.veeam.com/smb-vmware-hyper-v-essentials.html
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Unitrends UEB.

Read my EE Article.

Much better than Veeam and Unitrends completely Free up to 1TB of storage.

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