How to Allocate Storage Pools to a Host Group in VMM
Updated: May 13, 2016
Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager
You can use the following procedure to allocate one or more storage pools to a host group in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). After you allocate a storage pool to a host group, you can do either of the following:
Create logical units from servers that are running Hyper-V in the host group that can access the storage array where the storage pool resides.
For more information, see How to Configure Storage on a Hyper-V Host in VMM and How to Configure Storage on a Hyper-V Host Cluster in VMM.
Use the storage pool for the rapid provisioning of virtual machines. During rapid provisioning by using storage area network (SAN) cloning or snapshots, VMM requests a copy of an existing logical unit through a SAN copy-capable storage array. Therefore, you do not have to create logical units beforehand. For more information, see Rapid Provisioning a Virtual Machine by Using SAN Copy Overview.
You can also allocate storage pools to a host group through the host group properties.
Account requirements To complete this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrator user role or a member of the Delegated Administrator user role where the management scope includes the target host group.
To allocate storage pools to a host group
Open the Fabric workspace.
In the Fabric pane, click Storage.
On the Home tab, click Allocate Capacity.
The Allocate Storage Capacity dialog box opens.
To allocate storage capacity if you are a delegated administrator, where your management scope is restricted to specific host groups, you must right-click a host group that is included in your scope, click Properties, and then click the Storage tab. Then, continue to step 5.
In the Host groups list, click the host group to which you want to allocate storage capacity.
Total and available storage capacity information is displayed for the host group. The storage capacity information includes the total and available capacity for both local and remote storage, and total and available allocated storage.
To allocate storage pools to the host group, click Allocate Storage Pools to open the Allocate Storage Pools dialog box.
Optionally, select the Display as available only storage arrays that are visible to any host in the host group check box.
For each storage pool that you want to add, under Available storage pools, click a storage pool that you want to allocate to the host group, and then click Add. When you are finished, click OK.