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Managing VSD storage for multiple system disk support

The following topics provide information and instructions for managing virtual system disk (VSD) storage for multiple system disk support:

A VSD represents storage that is connected to a virtual machine (VM) via a hypervisor datastore such as a VMware virtual machine file system (VMFS) data store. A VSD is treated as a compute resource by BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management. In a service blueprint you can define multiple VSDs for each server.

By specifying system disks in service blueprints, you can:

  • Support more service offering combinations with fewer service blueprints for VMs
  • Reduce storage and management costs
  • Respond to changing business needs with greater flexibility

For example, you might create a blueprint for a service offering that requires multiple tiers of storage such as a traditional physical disk drive for the OS and a solid-state drive (SSD) for the database tables. Or, you might create a blueprint for a Red Hat Linux service offering that enables a user to request one or more disks.

You can add additional storage resources to a VM in the following ways:

Related BMC Communities blog entry

The following link provides supplemental information available from a blog entry in BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management Communities:

The Pulse: Configuring Additional Disks option for specific VDR Pools

This blog entry provides information to help you configure your Additional Disk option and option choices which will allow placing VM’s Disks (multiple disks) on multiple VDR pools based on the size of the disk. 

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