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Dell PowerEdge: How to Create a Virtual Disk Using iDRAC9

Summary: Create a virtual disk using the iDRAC9 web interface management on a Dell RAID controller (PERC 9 and 10).

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This article explains how to create a virtual disk using the iDRAC9 web management interface with PERC 9 and PERC 10. Alternatively, the Virtual Disk can also be created from the System Settings menu. For more information, reference How to Create a Virtual Disk on a Dell RAID Controller Series 10 and 11.


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Create a Virtual Disk Using iDRAC9

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Connection to the iDRAC web interface

To start, connect to the iDRAC web interface using the defined IP Address with the admin credentials.
Note: If the iDRAC is not yet configured, reference How to configure the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 9 (iDRAC9) with Lifecycle Controller network settings? for information about how to proceed.

Virtual disk creation:

  1. In the iDRAC Web Interface, go to Configuration and then click Storage Configuration.

Storage Configuration
Figure 1: Storage Configuration

The Storage Configuration tab is no longer available from iDRAC firmware version and later versions, use the Storage menu to perform configuration actions.

Go to Storage and then click Physical Disks.
Physical Disks
Figure 2: Physical Disks
  1. Select the RAID controller for which you want to create the virtual disk from the Controller drop-down menu (Only for versions before
Selecting a RAID controller
Figure 3: Selecting a RAID controller
  1. Check that available disks are listed in the Physical Disk Configuration section.

Before Physical Disk Configuration
Figure 4: Before Physical Disk Configuration and later Physical Disk Selection
Figure 5: and later Physical Disk Selection

  1. Open the Virtual Disk Configuration menu and click on the button Create Virtual Disk.

Before Create Virtual Disk button
Figure 6: Before Create Virtual Disk button

For version and later only, click the Create Virtual Disk button from the Physical Disks menu. and later Create Virtual Disk button
Figure 7: and later Create Virtual Disk button

  1. The creator wizard appears to configure the Virtual Disk properties.

In the Capacity field, enter the size of the virtual disk. The maximum size is displayed and then updated as disks are selected. Click Add to Pending Operations when ready.
You can use alphanumeric characters, spaces, dashes, and underscores in the disk name. Any other special characters that you enter are removed while creating the virtual disk.

Before Create Virtual Disk Properties
Figure 8: Before Create Virtual Disk Properties

For version and later only, if there are multiple controllers, select the controller where the disk to be added resides. Select the physical disk to be added with Next and complete the four steps. and later Create Virtual Disk Properties
Figure 9: and later Create Virtual Disk Properties

  1. The message "RAC0685: A pending operation has been created for this Create Virtual Disk operation" appears to confirm the task creation.
  1. To perform this creation task, go to the bottom of the page and select Apply Now. If needed, the task can be scheduled.

Before Apply Now button
Figure 10: Before Apply Now button and later Apply Now button
Figure 11: and later Apply Now button

  1. The raid configuration task starts. It is possible to monitor the status by selecting the menu Maintenance and then clicking Job Queue.
  1. When the task is completed, the Virtual Disk is listed by selecting the menu Storage and then clicking Virtual Disks.

Storage Virtual Disks
Figure 12: Storage Virtual Disks

The virtual disk is now ready for use and must be formatted by your operating system.

For older legacy systems with iDRAC6, iDRAC7, and iDRAC8, this option is not available. Create a virtual disk in the RAID BIOS or using Dell Open Manage Server Administrator.

Note: If your system is in the BIOS or pre-POST state, your system must be restated. It must pass the BIOS screen in order for the LifeCycle Controller to complete the task.

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Last Published Date

19 Sep 2023



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