Increase disk space

Increase disk space (system or backup)

Appliance disk space can be extended simply by extending existing virtual disk or by adding new empty virtual hard drive to IP Fabric VM. Same procedure can be also used to add new partition for local system backup.

Backup Disk

Backup disk is not present by default! Please add new virtual disk to enable local backups. (See option 2 for VMWare or Hyper-V)

Supported hypervisors

VMware vSphere and HyperV are the only supported platform.

For vShpere, please follow part 'Increase disk space for VMware' 

For Hyper-V, please follow part 'Increase disk space for Hyper-V'

Increase disk space for VMware

Option 1 - extend existing virtual disk (for system and data)

  1. Open VMware vSphere web console.
  2. Right click on VM name and select Edit Settings.
  3. Select Hard disk and change its size.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Restart VM (using CLI or web UI).
  6. Disk space is automatically increased.

Option 2 - add new virtual disk (as additional backup disk)

  1. Open VMware vSphere web console.
  2. Right click on VM name and select Edit Settings.
  3. Click Add New Device → Hard Disk
  4. Select new size
  5. Specify Location:
    1. for system disk expansion is recommended to select Store with the virtual machine
    2. for backup volume is recommended to select different datastore ideally on a different physical storage
  6. Click OK
  7. Launch Remote (Web) Console.
  8. Reboot (Send Ctrl+Alt+Delete function can be also used) or power on IP Fabric VM.
  9. During system boot Disk space expansion wizard appears.
  10. Select Yes to start disk space expansion.
  11. Select which volume to extend:
    1. System volume is used for all data except local backups.
    2. Backup is used only for local backups.
  12. Selected volume is extended.
  13. Enter OK

Increase disk space for Hyper-V

Option 1 - extend existing virtual disk (for system and data)

  1. Open Hyper-V Manager.
  2. Shutdown VM. (when Started, HyperV won't let you change any hardware settings)
  3. Right click on VM name and select Settings.
  4. Select IDE Controller - Hard Drive - ipfabric-3-x-x-disk1.vhdx 
  5. Click Edit - Choose Action - select option Expand, click Next.
  6. Set up required disk size and click Finish.
  7. Start VM.
  8. Disk space is automatically increased.

Option 2 - add new virtual disk (as additional backup disk)

  1. Open HyperV Manager.
  2. Shutdown VM. (when Started, HyperV won't let you change any hardware settings)
  3. Right click on VM name an select Settings
  4. Select IDE Controller 1 - Hard Drive - click Add 
  5. Select Virtual hard disk - click New - select Choose Disk Format - select VHDX - click Next.
  6. Select Dynamically expanding - click Next
  7. Specify name and location of disk.
  8. Configure Disk - select Create a new blank virtual hard disk - change Size to required value - click Finish.
  9. Apply new disk on Settings window - close Settings.
  10. Start VM.
  11. During system boot Disk space expansion wizard appears.
  12. Select Yes to start disk space expansion.
  13. Select which volume to extend:
    1. System volume is used for all data except local backups.
    2. Backup is used only for local backups.
  14. Selected volume is extended.
  15. Enter OK