I have a 2TB physical RDM drive on a server that is nearly full so I need to expand it. I am running vSphere 5.0.0 Build1024429. From my research i should be able to attach luns larger than 2TB with this version. If I try to add space to the current lun I receive an error that it is not allowed, the maximum is 2TB. If I try to create and attach and new lun over 2TB I create the same maximum error. Is there some other configuration that needs to be done before I can create or expand over 2TB?
Thank you for your help,
Has the datastore - which contains the RDM .vmdk mapping file - been formatted or upgraded to VMFS5 (rather than VMFS3)?
Before expanding the LUN, you should also ensure that the guest OS supports the new LUN size!
Is the VM's working directory located on a VMFS-5 datastore?
This morning I created a fiber channel lun over 2TB and attached it successfully to an ESX host to test storage and ESXi. That worked okay. Then on the storage array I expanded a test RDM lun that is mounted to a test server to over 2TB. The server sees the new size. Also my Netapp SnapDrive software sees the new size. Partition Manager has been working on the resize for awhile now.