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I have a VM and for some reason even with the vm shut down I am unable to increase the space.  Does anyone know what the cause of this may be?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
is the VM using an IDE DISK?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
because ide disks are not resizeable.

Also if you have any snapshots, this will prevent the disk from being resized.
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Jack_son_Author Commented:
it is showing SCSI as the disk type; i see 2 vmdk files
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
any snapshots in snapshot manager?

what is the current size?
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Jack_son_Author Commented:
looks like 28,475,610.  there is another one, but with a 1 after it, we did restore this server once with a third party software and that may be the old one
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
any snapshots in snapshot manager?

can you send screenshot of databrowser and vm properties?

what is the space left on the datastore?

is the option greyed out to edit and extend the size?
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Jack_son_Author Commented:
actually, the vm has 2 disks and the second one has the 1 after it.  yes, there is space in the datastore. i usually just increase the disk size and that is greyed out completely.  In snapshot manager, there is only 1 snapshot.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
youll need to remove/committ/delete the snapshot. before resizing.
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Jack_son_Author Commented:
so delete it in snapshot manager?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
or if you neef to keep the snapshot, use vmware conveter to create a new vm, which you can specify the new disk size, and convertor will also adjust the partitions sizes automaticallynas well.

something that you will still have to do manually after.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
yes, thats correct. this could take a while if the snapshot is large or been running for more than a few days.

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Jack_son_Author Commented:
so clone it with vm converter?  I will try that
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
yes. this will resize all in one operation
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if you've not read this article, it was written by one of our fellow VMware Experts

For the conversion steps, read Bestway article.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_3639-VMware-vConverter-P2V-for-Windows-Servers.html
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