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Data Center Expert | How do I add disk space to the virtual appliance?

Published date: 31 May 2019

Process for adding additional disk space to the StruxureWare Data Center Expert Virtual Appliance.

Product Line:
StruxureWare Data Center Expert (DCE)
- Virtual Appliance (AP94VMACT)

StruxureWare Data Center Expert Virtual Appliance (all versions)

The Data Center Expert OVA is deployed with limited disk space, and it is necessary to add additional disk space for data storage.


To increase storage for the virtual machine (VM), you must create additional hard disks. You cannot change the size of an existing hard disk, or remove a hard disk once it has been created. An error will occur on the primary interface, and the StruxureWare Data Center Expert virtual appliance will not start.

1) Gracefully shut down the virtual appliance: DCE Desktop Client > File menu > Shutdown Appliance.

2) In your virtual server settings, located within vSphere (VMware), select the option to add a hard disk.
NOTE: Do not increase the size of the default 18GB drive as the server will not see the newly added and it may cause storage issues. This is the same for any other previously allocated drives. Once the DCE VM boots with a new drive, it allocates the space for the database on that drive and will not re-allocate space if the drive size is increased. ALWAYS add a new drive when increasing drive space for the DCE VM.

3) Choose the hard disk size.
NOTE: For physical appliance equivalents, see equivalent configurations.

4) Choose thin or thick provisioning.

5) Power on the virtual appliance.

NOTE: Changes in the disk space will take effect once the StruxureWare Data Center Expert virtual appliance has restarted. Do not shut down the virtual appliance while the disk reconfiguration process is running.

TIP: To verify that the Data Center Expert Virtual Appliance sees the additional space, navigate to the following: Desktop Client > System Menu > Server Administration Settings > Storage Settings.  The local repository option should show a combined amount of all of the disks added to the virtual appliance.

NOTE: To store large amounts of surveillance data, using a remote repository is recommended.

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