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Thread: Management Box, Snapshot Disk space and disk expansion capabilities in VMware

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    Default Management Box, Snapshot Disk space and disk expansion capabilities in VMware

    Hey all

    We have a problem - we are trying to upgrade from R77.10 to R77.30. We are running the Management Box on VMware

    We want to take a Snapshot before the Upgrade - however due to a misconfiguration at the time we built the box, we only left 16Gb free, and the OS is about 19Gb - so we cant take a Snapshot

    We have run the lvm_manager.sh task and got the following info

    LVM overview
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    Size(GB) Used(GB) Configurable Description
    lv_current 80 19 yes Check Point OS and products
    lv_log 205 145 yes Logs volume
    upgrade 88 N/A no Reserved for version upgrade
    swap 11 N/A no Swap volume size
    free 16 N/A no Unused space
    ------- ----
    total 400 N/A no Total size


    Is there any way of using the VMware Disk Expansion Capabilities to increase the free / empty area on the disk to allow us to take a snapshot?

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    Default Re: Management Box, Snapshot Disk space and disk expansion capabilities in VMware

    Quote Originally Posted by Gingerwerewolf View Post
    Hey all

    We have a problem - we are trying to upgrade from R77.10 to R77.30. We are running the Management Box on VMware

    We want to take a Snapshot before the Upgrade - however due to a misconfiguration at the time we built the box, we only left 16Gb free, and the OS is about 19Gb - so we cant take a Snapshot

    We have run the lvm_manager.sh task and got the following info

    LVM overview
    ============
    Size(GB) Used(GB) Configurable Description
    lv_current 80 19 yes Check Point OS and products
    lv_log 205 145 yes Logs volume
    upgrade 88 N/A no Reserved for version upgrade
    swap 11 N/A no Swap volume size
    free 16 N/A no Unused space
    ------- ----
    total 400 N/A no Total size


    Is there any way of using the VMware Disk Expansion Capabilities to increase the free / empty area on the disk to allow us to take a snapshot?
    Why not use a vmware based snapshot?

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    Default Re: Management Box, Snapshot Disk space and disk expansion capabilities in VMware

    Or what about run the migrate export on the existing R77.10 and then, disconnect the R77.10 build a new vmware system install Gaia R77.30 on there using the same hostname and ipthen migrate import the management into the R77.30 system.

    That way can get a machine with a bigger Disk as well.

    Seems simpler!

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    Default Re: Management Box, Snapshot Disk space and disk expansion capabilities in VMware

    since you're running VMWare (personally I stay from running Checkpoint on VM but that's just me), it is a very simple process:

    1- perform a upgrade_export on the existing Management server and move the file to an external location
    2- shutdown the VM that is running the R77.10 Management Server
    3- build a brand new VM R77.10 with the correct size of disk space that meets your requirment, using the same host name and IP address
    4- perform upgrade_import from the upgrade_export file you have in step #1,
    5- apply R77.30 upgrade,
    6- reboot
    7- perform validation by pushing the policy from the new management server to the gateways.

    Now if it does not work and you have to roll back, turn off the new management server and turn on the old management server.

    Easy right?

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    Default Re: Management Box, Snapshot Disk space and disk expansion capabilities in VMware

    Or just expand your VMWare disk and the Gaia partitions on it on the fly.
    See attached guide
    Resizing_Partitions_Gaia.pdfResizing_Partitions_Gaia.pdf

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    Default Re: Management Box, Snapshot Disk space and disk expansion capabilities in VMware

    Thanks for all the replies guys - we took the advice and upgrade exported / upgrade imported. New VM Proper disk space, Happier SMS

    Much appreciated

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