Product Documentation

Creating vDisk Files Manually

Oct 16, 2013

Creating a New vDisk File

  1. In the Console tree, right-click on the vDisk Pool in the site where you want to add those vDisks, then select the Create vDisk menu option. The Create vDisk dialog appears.
  2. If you accessed this dialog from the site’s vDisk pool, in the drop-down menu, select the store where this vDisk should reside. If you accessed this dialog from the store, from the drop-down menu, select the site where this vDisk will be added.
  3. In the Server used to create the vDisk drop-down menu, select the Provisioning Server that will create the vDisk.
  4. Type a filename for the vDisk. Optionally, type a description for this new vDisk in the description textbox.
  5. In the Size text box, scroll to select the appropriate size to allocate for this vDisk file. If the disk storing the vDisk images is formatted with NTFS, the limit is approximately 2 terabytes. On FAT file systems, the limit is 4096 MB.
  6. In the VHDX Format text box, select the format as either Fixed or Dynamic (2040 GB for VHDX emulating SCSI; 127 GB for VHDX emulating IDE). If the VHDX format is Dynamic, from the VHDX block size drop-down, select the block size as either 2 MB or 16 MB.
  7. Click Create vDisk, a progress dialog opens. Depending on the disk size and other factors, it may take several minutes or more to create the vDisk. After the vDisk is successfully created, it displays in the Console’s details pane and is ready to be formatted.
  8. Right-click on the vDisk in the Console, then select Mount vDisk. The vDisk icon displays with an orange arrow if mounted properly.

A vDisk image can not be assigned to, or boot from a target device until that target device exists in the Provisioning Services database. After creating the target device, in the Console, select the Hard Disk boot option.