Saturday, September 1, 2012

Expand Storage Spaces - Server Manager

For some of you who have following my previous blogs on how to create storage spaces, you might know what it is all about. But for the new readers who have just bump into this, you might want look into how to configure storage spaces. For this round, I am going to show you how to extend the storage spaces by utilizing the existing disk space.

The first thing that you need to do is open the server manager and look for the following screen. What you need to do is click on the VM which is the storage spaces that I have created. You need to right click the storage spaces and click add physical disk.

This is what you will see, select the disk and press OK to proceed to the next screen.

After you have select the disk and press OK on the previous screen. You can see the progress on what the actual background task is running.

The next thing we need to do is to extend the virtual disk, as just now we just extend the storage spaces and not the virtual disk it self.

One thing I don't like about this screen is. It doesn't provide you with a summary of what are the disk space you can use. You will still need to refer to the storage spaces total disk space.
What you see now, is the extend virtual disk with a 200GB spaces.

Just to recap on what you have configure, you have extend the storage spaces and the virtual disk, but as you can see from the following screen. The volume size it is still the old configuration. The next step is we need to extend the space.

Now you need to click on the volume and select extend volume to start with the task.

It will bring you to another screenshot as per below, where by you need to specify the size of the new size. You can perform all the task here online and there is no downtime required.

The end result here, we can see the drive have been extend

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