Manage an Azure disk pool (preview)


Disk pools are being retired soon. If you're looking for an alternative solution, see either Azure Elastic SAN (preview) or Azure NetApp Files.

This article covers how to add a managed disk to an Azure disk pool (preview) and how to disable iSCSI support on a disk that has been added to a disk pool.

Add a disk to a pool

Your disk must meet the following requirements in order to be added to the disk pool:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. Navigate to your disk pool, and select Disks under Settings.

  3. Select Attach existing disk and select your disks.

  4. When you have chosen all the disks you'd like to attach, select Save.

    Screenshot of the disks blade for your disk pool.

    Now that you've attached your disk, you must enable their LUNS.

  5. Select iSCSI under Settings.

  6. Select Add LUN under Disks enabled for iSCSI.

  7. Select the disk you attached earlier.

  8. Select Save.

    Screenshot of iSCSI blade, disk luns added and enabled.

Now that you've attached your disk and enabled the LUN, you must create and attach it as an iSCSI datastore to your Azure VMware Solution private cloud. See Attach the iSCSI LUN for details.

Disable iSCSI on a disk and remove it from the pool

Before you disable iSCSI support on a disk, confirm there is no outstanding iSCSI connections to the iSCSI LUN the disk is exposed as. When a disk is removed from the disk pool, it isn't automatically deleted. This prevents any data loss but you will still be billed for storing data. If you don't need the data stored in a disk, you can manually delete the disk. This will delete the disk and all data stored on it and will prevent further charges.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. Navigate to your disk pool and select iSCSI under Settings.

  3. Under Disks enabled for iSCSI select the disks you'd like to remove and select Remove LUN.

  4. Select Save and wait for the operation to complete.

    Screenshot of the disk pool iSCSI blade, removing disk LUNs.

    Now that you've disabled the LUN, you can remove your disks from the disk pool.

  5. Select Disks under Settings.

  6. Select Remove disk from disk pool and select your disks.

  7. Select Save.

When the operation completes, your disk will have been completely removed from the disk pool.

Screenshot of disk pool's disk's blade. Disks being removed from pool.

Next steps