We need to expand an array (or add another array) on a dell server running ESX 3.5. The server is a PowerEdge 2950 with a PERC 6i Array controller. The physical disks have been added, but are still idle.
I'm not as familiar with Dell, but with HP I'd be able to boot to CD, and expand the array that way.
From what I'm told, the dell utilities won't load in ESX because it's out of space. The main datastore has 15GB free. I believe the system partition for esx is 200mb, with 65mb free.
~ # df -h Filesystem Size Used Available Use% Mounted on unknown 192.5M 127.9M 64.6M 66% / unknown 680.5G 666.1G 14.4G 98% /vmfs/volumes/49918b3a-f56214dd-298f-00221997794c unknown 539.8M 86.0M 453.8M 16% /vmfs/volumes/88d759e6-a95811db-41c0-6b4651316087 unknown 47.8M 40.3M 7.4M 84% /vmfs/volumes/8d0141fd-e1e00a9e-0dc0-187022c45d1e unknown 47.8M 40.4M 7.4M 84% /vmfs/volumes/27b0f3fd-442f95dd-ea3f-75aab591cd26
So, I guess I'm just wondering...
- Is there a (easy) way to increase the system partition that ESX is installed on?
- Can the array be expanded without installing the dell util's on the esx partition?