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VMware ESX 3.5 - Expand vdmk boot partition

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We are running vmware 3.5, and have a vm server 2008 that has one drive with 2 partition's C: (20gb) D: (20gb) We need to expand the C: (boot partition).

When I turn the vm machine off and expand the hdd to 60gb it doesnt take the changes. I believe I read somewhere that you can't do this if you have snapshots of this server. Which I do. I'm fairly new to vmware infrastructure. Here are my 2 questions:

1) If I can't expand because of the snapshots.. How can I expand while having a backup? Clone the vm, make the changes on the clone, then create a snapshot of the new vm for backup purposes?

2) Anyone know of some easy how-to's URL's on the process after extending the hdd? (I heard gparted or just win2k8 system disk is the way to go?)

Thanks experts!
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