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August 1st, 2023 05:00

Adding Disks to ME4024

Hi,

We currently have a Dell EMC ME4024 which we use in our VMware environment for shared storage between the hosts.

We are only using half the disk slots (6 x 960GB SSD RAID 5, 6 x 1.2TB SAS RAID 10). These are across two virtual pools.

I would like to add some disks to this SAN, so I can have some more storage for our VMware environment. From what I have read, I can add some more disks, create a new volume with an array setting and then add this volume to one of the storage pools.

Is that correct?

Here are some pictures from the ME Storage Manager:

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Thanks

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August 1st, 2023 10:00

GNAdmin,

 

With virtual pools you wouldn't be able to add to that Raid 5, as shown in your pictures. Now since you have virtual, what you could do is add another disk group in the pools and then use that space to increase the current volumes, or create new volumes and setup in host as new space. 

 

Let me know if this helps.

 

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August 2nd, 2023 01:00

Hi Chris,

Thanks for getting back to me.

My Idea is to have 6 x 3.84TB SSD drives in RAID 10 (11.5TB usable), so I'm happy if this is a separate volume.

My question is, would it be presented to the VMware hosts as a separate disk? Also, would you assign this to pool A or B from the pictures I have shown?

This is a picture of what disks the VMware hosts currently see:

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So would it increase the current Pool or would it see it as a separate disk?

Thanks

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August 2nd, 2023 02:00

Hi, i think it is as you say. I expect it to be so, you can add this volume to one of your existing virtual pools or create a new virtual pool with it.  I wanted tp share some useful links below

Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 Series: Attaching VMware ESXi 6.5 Host to ME4 Array w/ iSCSI Using iSCSI HBA - YouTube

Dell PowerVault ME4 Series Storage System Deployment Guide

Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 Series and VMware vSphere

dell_emc_me4_series_storage_system_best_practices.pdf (https://dell.to/3YoZI8Q)

 

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