How do I create a vmware server 2003 with multiple partitions?

Posted on 2009-05-22
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I have a physical serverwith 3 partitions: C, D & E

On this pysical server ii want to run 3 virtual servers, each with the same partition setup.  When i create a new server using vmware workstation it gives me the option to set the the Hard drive size, which i set it at 100Gb.  I would then create the server and move the files from my desktop to teh server, which is running vmware server 2

However when the server is fully setup it shows only one partition, with teh full 100Gb.

Is there a way of setting up the server initially, using the vmware workstation wizard, to have the 3 partitions?  Or am I doing this completly wrong.....

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by:vmwarun - Arun
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There are 2 ways of doing this.

1.Allocate a single 100 GB VMDK file to the Virtual Machine while using the VM Configuration Wizard and then partition the 100 GB disk into 3 partitions during the course of installing the Guest Operating System.

2.Allocate a 30 GB VMDK file during VM creation and install the OS first. Then allocate 2 separate VMDK partitions using the Wizard providing required HDD space (for example, 30 GB for VMDK 2 and 40 GB for VMDK 3).
   Please note that the VM has to be shutdown for the Virtual Harddisks to be added.
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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I always prefer the first method since it keeps things simple.

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I can't do the first option as the wizard skips the part where you set the partitions, it does it for you.

How do you do the second option? adding the extra hard drives?
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vmwarun - Arun earned 2000 total points
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Additional VMDKs can be added only after the VM has been shut down.

Shut down the VM and then right click on the VM and click "Edit Settings" where you have the option to add New Hardware.

Add a New Hard Disk and finally save the config.

Once you boot your VM, the new HDD will not be listed.

Run the command, diskmgmt.msc

Under the Action Menu, you have the option of "Rescan Disks"

Click this option to rescan the HDD Adapters and upon refresh, the new VMDK file would be shown.

Partition it as per your requirements.

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Thanks for your help, the second option worked great!

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