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Dell PowerEdge R530 - installing new drives

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#1 SurfNinja


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 02:05 PM



any dell experts out there :) We've got a Dell poweredge R530 server, currently with 5 hot swap drives installed with RAID 5 configured. I need to increase the disk space, so have purchased an additional x2 1.2TB SAS drives to install. What's the correct process for adding 2 drives to the array and increasing disk space available within windows server 2012 R2? Could someone sanity check the process below please:


1. install the 2 new drives whilst the server is powered on and functioning as normal. (Do I need to install 1 drive and wait for a period of time, or can both drives be installed straight after the other?)

2. Go to dell iDRAC and confirm visibility of the 2 new drives.

3. Wait until the drives have successfully been added to the array by monitoring the status via iDRAC

4. Go into Storage management within server 2012 R2 to allocate the new space to the virtual machine partitions.


Is above correct? It feels like I'm missing out a vital step, it can't be that simple to allocate additional storage space on a live production server?


Any advice appreciated :)



Edited by SurfNinja, 06 February 2016 - 02:07 PM.

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 09:14 PM

All looks correct! I don't see anything missing.

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