Creating cluster disks

To create one or more cluster disks after a host cluster is added:

  1. In the left pane of the ESI window, select the host cluster.

  1. In the Actions pane, click Create Cluster Disk.

  2. The Create Cluster Disk wizard appears.

  1. In the Storage System list box, select a storage system, and then click Next.

  2. In the Storage Pool page, select a storage pool, and then click Next.

  3. In the New LUN page, set the following values for the new disk or disks, and then click Next.



LUN Count

Number of disks to be created

Sequence Number

First number to append to the name for the first disk

Note: For example, to create three LUNs with the appended numbers 15, 16, and 17, type 3 in the LUN Count field and type 15 in the Sequence Number field.


Name of the disk or disks


Description of the disk or disks


Size and unit of measurement for each disk

Service Node

Storage processor that hosts the disk or disks

Provision Type

Select either Thick or Thin

Note: The Thin option is not available if the selected pool does not support thin LUNs.


The type of application, such as Generic Storage or some other type

Note: This field appears only if a VNXe storage system is selected.

  1. In the Cluster Parameters page, select one of the following, and then click Next:

  2. In the Disk Preparation Settings page, set the following values, and then click Next.



Partition Type

Type of partition to be created, either MBR (Master Boot Record) or GPT (GUID Partition Table)

File System

  • Partition Type of MBR: Either NTFS (New Technology File System) or FAT32 (File Allocation Table 32 bit)

  • Partition Type of GPT: NTFS, the only available choice

Allocation Unit Size

Size of the allocation unit in bytes

Volume Label

Label for the volume

Drive letter or mount path

Drive letter or mount path for the disk

Note: When using the FAT32 file system type, confirm that each cluster unit is greater than or equal to 16 KB (65,536 bytes).

  1. In the Review Input Parameters page, review the settings, and then click Next to confirm them.

  1. In the Progress page, click Next.

Note: Click More Information for more progress details. If a problem occurs while you are creating a cluster disk, an error message appears with options to resume or roll back the process. After the error is resolved, click Resume to resume the process. Click Rollback to revert to the previously executed step.

  1. In the Summary page, click Finish.

  2. The cluster disk or disks appear in the Cluster Disks list for the specified cluster.


Related links


 Adding host clusters

 ESI overview

 Viewing host clusters and nodes

 Home window

 Connecting cluster disks


 Connecting cluster nodes


 Disconnecting cluster disks


 Deleting cluster disks


 Removing clusters


 Changing a cluster disk drive letter or path