2 Replies Latest reply on May 16, 2019 4:01 AM by jverhoeks

    Increase vCenter Server Appliance 6.0U2 root partition size

    luckiblue1920 Lurker

      Hello,

      I want to increase root partition ( / ) in VCSA 6.0. Its format is ext3 but it's not an LVM volume so vpxd_servicecfg storage lvm autogrow not working for me.

      I've found couple articles about increasing it's size by running fdisk /dev/sda and then remove partition 3, recreate it, set it and at the end (after reboot of the server) use resize2fs /dev/sda3.

       

      I have situation when vpxd_servicecfg storage lvm autogrow extends all lvms and rescan storage for all devices, so I can see that device /dev/sda has 5GB unallocated. Can I use only resize2fs /dev/sda3 to extend partition size with no downtime of the server?

       

      Or maybe there is another way? And is it even supported by vmware to extend root partition?

       

      Articles that I've found:

      Increasing the disk space for the VMware vCenter Server Appliance in vSphere 6.0 (2126276) | VMware KB

      https://content.pivotal.io/blog/increasing-the-size-of-a-vcsa-root-filesystem

       

      Thanks in advance,

      Lukasz

        • 1. Re: Increase vCenter Server Appliance 6.0U2 root partition size
          mhampto Expert
          Knowledge ChampionVMware Employees

          What is causing the need to grow the root partition? If everything is in working order, expanding the drive should not be needed.

          • 2. Re: Increase vCenter Server Appliance 6.0U2 root partition size
            jverhoeks Lurker

            > Increasing the Size of a VCSA Root Filesystem

            I can confirm that the steps described in this blog post work! rootFS on our vMA was 2.7G and filled-up by a messages file worth 608MB. Resized it to 10G.

            df -h

            Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on

            /dev/sda3       2.7G  2.0G  608M  77% /

            udev           1004M  100K 1004M   1% /dev

            tmpfs          1004M  676K 1003M   1% /dev/shm

            /dev/sda1       128M   37M   85M  31% /boot

            /dev/sdb1        49G  3.4G   43G   8% /vcenterbackup

             

            sudo resize2fs /dev/sda3

            vi-admin's password:

            resize2fs 1.41.9 (22-Aug-2009)

            Filesystem at /dev/sda3 is mounted on /; on-line resizing required

            old desc_blocks = 1, new_desc_blocks = 1

            Performing an on-line resize of /dev/sda3 to 2553088 (4k) blocks.

            The filesystem on /dev/sda3 is now 2553088 blocks long.

             

            df -h

            Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on

            /dev/sda3       9.6G  2.0G  7.2G  22% /

            udev           1004M  100K 1004M   1% /dev

            tmpfs          1004M  676K 1003M   1% /dev/shm

            /dev/sda1       128M   37M   85M  31% /boot

            /dev/sdb1        49G  3.4G   43G   8% /vcenterbackup