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need to add another VM to current ESXi HDD

need to add another VM to current ESXi HDD

need to add another VM to current ESXi HDD

VMware ESXi 5.5 /vSphere 5.5

I've been tasked with setting up/adding another VM to our ESXi server; I'm not VMware or Linux proficient so I'd like some good advise and direction on how to accomplish this if possible. We currently have 2 VM's running on our ESXi server.

From what I can tell one VM is riding on a 500GB HDD and the second is riding on a 2TB drive with only 500GB being used for the VM.

Do I need separate HDD for each VM or can I setup/add another partition on the 2TB drive for a 3rd VM?
The 3rd VM will replace the 2nd with the 2nd being shut down; so in the end I'll only have 2 VM running on this ESXi server.

What I don't know is how to get access to the unused space on the 2TB drive and make it usable for another VM installation using the vSphere client.


RE: need to add another VM to current ESXi HDD

You set up a virtual hard drive on a datastore.

You don't need to partition. You can create a new VM, and set up a virtual hard drive on your datastore.

Just my $.02

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RE: need to add another VM to current ESXi HDD

Thanks for your input!

After a little more reading and research I realized all I had to do was expand out the size of my datastore.

The datastore I wanted to use was set at 500GB (2TB HDD) so I expanded it out to 1000GB which gave me room for my new VM.

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