Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Adding a virtual disk to a Linux Virtual Machine.

Needed to add another Virtual Disk to an existing machine in VMWare ESXi. Adding the disk to the VM Settings was the easy part and fairly straightforward. This particular guide is to get the Disk recognized on the actual Linux Server and mount it.

0. Login as root (Seeing a pattern yet?)

1. Identify the drive.
df -h  and take note of the entries.
cd /dev/

By the process of elimination, the one in the list in /dev/ that is not part of the df -h listing is the culprit.

2. Create the filesystem
/sbin/mkfs -t ext3 /dev/xxx  where xxx is the drive identified in Step 1.

3. Mount the filesystem
 mount -t ext3 /dev/xxx /mnt/myfoldername where my folder name is - you guessed it!

4. Check to make sure it is there!
df -h