You can increase the storage resources allocated to vRealize Log Insight as your needs grow.

About this task

Increase the storage space by adding a new virtual disk to the vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance. You can add as many disks as you need, up to 4 TB (+ OS drive) total addressable storage. The total can be a combination of two 2-TB disks, or four 1-TB disks, and so on. See vRealize Log Insight Configuration Limits.

Prerequisites

Procedure

  1. In the vSphere Client inventory, right-click the vRealize Log Insight virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
  2. On the Hardware tab, click Add.
  3. Select Hard Disk and click Next.
  4. Select Create a new virtual disk and click Next.
    1. Type the disk capacity.

      vRealize Log Insight supports virtual hard disks of up to 2 TB. If you need more capacity, add more than one virtual hard disk.

    2. Select a disk format.

      Option

      Description

      Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed

      Creates a virtual disk in the default thick format. The space required for the virtual disk is allocated when the virtual disk is created. The data residing on the physical device is not erased during creation, but is zeroed out on demand later, after first write from the virtual appliance.

      Thick Provision Eager Zeroed

      Creates a type of thick virtual disk that supports clustering features such as Fault Tolerance. The space required for the virtual disk is allocated at creation time. In contrast to the flat format, the data residing on the physical device is zeroed out when the virtual disk is created. It might take much longer to create disks in this format than to create other types of disks.

      Create thick provisioned eager zeroed disks whenever possible for better performance and operation of the vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance.

      Thin Provision

      Creates a disk in thin format. Use this format to save storage space.

    3. Required: To select a datastore, browse for the datastore location and click Next.
  5. Accept the default virtual device node and click Next.
  6. Review the information and click Finish.
  7. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog box.

Results

When you power on the vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance, the virtual machine discovers the new virtual disk and automatically adds it to the default data volume. Completely power off the virtual machine first. For information about powering on virtual appliances, see https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-6-pubs.html.

Caution:

After you add a disk to the virtual appliance, you cannot remove it safely. Removing disks from the vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance may result in complete data loss.