VM Datastore Dell SAN Volume Storage

Paul Walsh
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Hi,

We current have a VMware 6.5 using a Dell Equalogic PS6000 SAN as the backend storage. Unfrotunatley we have two datastores that have extents that cover two physicaldevices, so I plan on vmotioning the vms off the datastore, delete and the recreate the datastore without the extent on the other storage device. On the SAN the storage is split into several volumes used for storage. When I have tested, I have deleted and recreated the datastore fine no problems, but on the volume on the SAN any used space within the new datastore has simply been added to the in se space on the volume. The SAN has no idea that the datatstore has been recreated (I assumed that the new datatstore would be able to use upto the in use space the volume thought it had before growing the volume). I'm guessing that my only option is to vmotion the vm's onto another datastore. Delete the datatstore and back end volume on the san. Recreate the volume on the san and then the datastore and then move the vms back?

Cheers,
Paul
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I'm guessing that my only option is to vmotion the vm's onto another datastore. Delete the datatstore and back end volume on the san. Recreate the volume on the san and then the datastore and then move the vms back?

That is the correct method.

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