Add Data Disks to SoftNAS® VM
Adding storage to SoftNAS® involves adding virtual hard disks (VMDKs on VMware) to the SoftNAS® VM. The first step is to decide how to connect the drives, then associate the disks' storage with the SoftNAS® VM as virtual disks.
For example, consider a network of ten 300 GB 15K SAS drives attached to a VMware vSphere host. There are several ways to incorporate these drives into the SoftNAS®.
Add VMDKs to SoftNAS® VM
Once an option has been chosen, proceed and connect the disk drives to the SoftNAS® VM as data disk VMDKs.
Inside of Linux (where SoftNAS® executes), each attached VMDK will appear as a block disk device. The devices will be named /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc, etc. - one Linux block device per data disk VMDK. These block devices appear as unpartitioned, raw disk devices inside of Linux, so the next step will be to partition the block devices with a GPT partition.
After adding the VMDKs to the SoftNAS® VM and partitioning the disks, they become available to assign to storage pools.