For Dell servers, you use the Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller (PERC) to create a RAID volume that uses all physical disks on a server.

Note

VMware recommends that you use RAID5 for SAS drives and RAID6 for SATA drives.

1

Start or restart the Dell PowerEdge server.

2

Press Ctrl+R to access the Perc 6/I Integrated BIOS Configuration Utility.

The configuration utility opens and shows the VD Mgmt tab.

3

To create a new virtual disk, press F2 and select Create New VD.

4

Select an appropriate RAID configuration from the RAID Level drop-down menu.

VMware recommends that you use RAID 5, 6, or 10.

5

Under Physical Disks, select the hard disks that you want to include in the virtual disk.

6

Select OK and press Enter.

The virtual disk is created.

7

Expand the Disk Group option, and under Virtual Disks, select the newly created virtual disk and press F2 to open the Operations menu.

8

From the Operations menu, select Initialization > Start Init. to initialize the new virtual disk.

The new RAID volume is ready for use.