Expanding Windows Server 2003 VM boot drive

I have a VM running on ESX 4.1 it is a Windows 2003 box with a very full C: drive & no other drives.

It is currently using 156.8GB but Virtual Server is showing 288.75GB provisioned.

How do I get to this provisioned HD space & expand the Windows 2003 boot partition?
someITGuyAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Once you've expanded the Boot Disk within the vSphere GUI, boot from Gparted LiveCDrom and Expand the NTFS Partition.

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php

Please make sure you have backups before completing any partition changes.
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Stelian StanConnect With a Mentor Network AdministratorCommented:
Turn off the virtual machine. Edit Settings of that VM and under Hard Disk increase the Provisioned Size.

After that power on that VM and convert the HDD to dynamic. After you convert the HDD to dynamic you should be able to add the new added space.
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someITGuyAuthor Commented:
When you say add the new added space do I need to run diskpart?
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someITGuyAuthor Commented:
Ok, so I shut down the VM, go into VCenter & edit the setting of the VM to use all 288GB, then use the GParted LiveCD to expand the boot partition.

Correct?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
yes. and then use Resize Partition.

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/larry/resize/resizing.htm

please ensure you've got a recent backup before attemting any partition changes.
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someITGuyAuthor Commented:
Cloning it now. As I understand it I need to delete any snapshots of the VM prior to resizing, correct?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would ensure you are Snapshot free. Please don't use Snapshots for backup. The snapshot delta for a partition resize will be very large! (lots of block changes!).
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someITGuyAuthor Commented:
I am using cloning for backup. Once it is succesfully expanded & stable I will delete the clone.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, cloning is a quick way of backup.
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