Add a Virtual Disk to Panorama on an ESXi Server
To expand log storage capacity on the Panorama virtual appliance, you can add virtual logging disks. If the appliance is in Panorama mode, you can add 1 to 12 virtual logging disks of 2TB each or 1 24TB logging disk, for a maximum total of 24TB. If the appliance is in Legacy mode, you can add one virtual logging disk of up to 8TB on ESXi 5.5 and later versions or one disk of up to 2TB on earlier ESXi versions. Additionally, it is recommended to add logging disks with the same disk provisioning format to avoid any unexpected performance that may arise from having multiple disk with different provisioning formats.
If Panorama loses connectivity to the new virtual disk, Panorama might lose logs during the failure interval.
To allow for redundancy, use the virtual disk in a RAID configuration. RAID10 provides the best write performance for applications with high logging characteristics.
If necessary, you can Replace the Virtual Disk on an ESXi Server.
- Add additional disks to PanoramaIn all modes, the first logging disk on the Panorama VM must be at least 2TB in order to add additional disks. If the first logging disk is smaller than 2TB, you will be unable to add additional disk space.
- Access the VMware vSphere Client and selectVirtual Machines.
- Right-click the Panorama virtual appliance and select.PowerPower off
- Right-click the Panorama virtual appliance and selectEdit Settings.
- ClickAddin theHardwaretab to launch the Add Hardware wizard.
- SelectHard Diskas the hardware type and clickNext.
- Create a new virtual diskand clickNext.
- Set theDisk Size. If the Panorama virtual appliance is in Panorama mode, set the size to at least 2TB. If the appliance is in Legacy mode, you can set the size to as much as 8TB.In Panorama mode, you can add disk sizes larger than 2TB and Panorama will automatically create as many 2TB partitions as possible. For example, if disk sdc was 24TB, it will create 12 2TB partitions. These disks will be named sdc1-12.
- Select theDisk Provisioningformat and clickNext.
- Specify a datastore or datastore structure,Browseto a datastore with enough space for the specifiedDisk Size, clickOK, and clickNext.
- Select a SCSIVirtual Device Node(you can use the default selection) and clickNext.The selected node must be in SCSI format; Panorama will fail to boot if you select another format.
- Verify that the settings are correct and then clickFinishandOK.The new disk appears in the list of devices for the virtual appliance.
- Right click the Panorama virtual appliance and select. The virtual disk initializes for first-time use. The size of the new disk determines how long initialization takes.PowerPower On
- Configure each disk.The following example uses the sdc virtual disk.
- Enter the following command to view the disks on the Panorama virtual appliance:show system disk detailsThe user will see the following response:Name : sdb State : Present Size : 2048 MB Status : Available Reason : Admin enabled Name : sdc State : Present Size : 2048 MB Status : Available Reason : Admin disabled
- Enter the following command and confirm the request when prompted for all disks with theReason : Admindisabledresponse:request system disk add sdcTherequestsystem disk addcommand is not available on a Panorama management server in Management Only mode because logging is not supported in this mode. If you do not see the command, Set up a Panorama Virtual Appliance in Panorama Mode to enable the logging disks. Once in Panorama mode, Log in to the Panorama CLI and continue to Step 4 to verify the disk addition.
- Enter theshow system disk detailscommand to verify the status of the disk addition. Continue to Step 3 when all newly added disk responses displayReason : Adminenabled.
- Make disks available for logging.
- Log in to the Panorama web interface.
- Selectand edit the Log Collector.PanoramaManaged Collectors
- SelectDisksand Add each newly added disk.
- Select.CommitCommit to PanoramaFor Panorama in an Active/Passive high availability (HA) configuration, wait for HA sync to complete before continuing.
- Selectand push the changes to the Collector Group the Log Collector belongs to.CommitPush to Devices
- Verify that the Panorama Log Storage capacity has been increased.
- Log in to the Panorama web interface.
- Selectand select the Collector Group that the Panorama virtual appliance belongs to.PanoramaCollector Groups
- Verify that theLog Storagecapacity accurately displays the disk capacity.
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