Vmware esxi 4 increase data partition size windows 2003 server

hi,

I have vmware esx server 3i with data store 557.50gb out of 351 Gb free i ahve only one guest windows 2003 server with 2 partition second partition is 60 gb i need to increase  this partition size to 160 gb.

Please advice me detail procedure to do the same.
jitendramehtaAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you want to try the VMware Standalone Converter, here's the download (it's free)

http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0

and also our fellow expert Bestway has written a guide if you've not used VMware Converter before

For the conversion steps, read Bestway's article.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_3639-VMware-vConverter-P2V-for-Windows-Servers.html
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
sorry my title is wrong its VMWARE server esx 3i
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, Shutdown the Guest Virtual Machine.

Edit the disk properties of the virtual machine and increase it to 160GB.

This increases the virtual disk to 160GB, but we then need to increase the partition size to 160GB, we do this by using GParted Live CDROM (free download here http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php).

Download this iso image, and connect this to the virtual machine, and boot the virtual machine from the cdrom.

Once booted, use the resize option to resize the disk.

Guide to resizing partition here

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

any questions please ask
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PenguinNCommented:
Easiest way is to use the vConvertor to export the machine and importing it again with modified disk sizes. Export your machine to a workstation file and import is again with the convertor with different disk sizes.

I don't believe you have the possibility to increase the disk in your vm settings under ESX3. If you have and the VM is configured with 2 separate hard disks you can do it the quick way. Expand your disk size under your VM setting. Use a disk resizing tool boot ISO to resize the disks.
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
Hi,

thanks for the quick response. in the first comment you suggested that increase the virtual disk size to 160 gb how can i do that?

or in last comment you suggested that use vconverter. where can i download the same?

some web site suggest that before increasing disk size you need to delete all the snapshot. so please advice how can i delete the snapshot.



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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
As you have ESX 3i, you may not have a disk size increase button, and your options are rather limited, other than using VMware Standalone Convertor.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Do you have Snapshots?

If you use VMware Converter, it doesn't matter about the snapshots.

I've posted links and guides for VMware Convertor.

User Guide for VMware Convertor.

http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/converter_pubs.html

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PenguinNCommented:
You should delete snapshots. Convertor is downloadable via http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you want to delete the snapshots, Select Snapshot Manager in the Virtual Machine and select Delete All.
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coolsport00Commented:
Use Thorinos suggestion of diskpart though. No need to use 3rd party tool since the volume is non-sys volume & (I assume) a vol with no page file.

Pwr down VM
Go into Edit Settings of VM (rt-click on VM)
Modify Hard disk 2 to desired size
Log into VM
Use diskpart as provided above

Regards,
~coolsport00
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Please ensure you have a backup before modifying anything on your virtual machine.
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
Great i had downloded  converter. i am going to install on my PC. I have to go through the guide i never used this one before.

but before doing that i need to delete the snapshot right?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It is not necessary to remove the snapshots when using Converter, in fact, VMware recommend the use of Converter when Admins get into Snapshot Hell.

So I would suggest - no. (keep the snapshots youy may need them!)

Just convert machine "as is", the converted/new machine will not have any snapshots, and you can specify the correct size of new target disks.
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
so first ineed to power down the guest then use import right?
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PenguinNCommented:
Wel if you have a lot of snapshots your conversion will run slow (also depending on your storage) I would recomend to delete the snapshots so you know you have a solid virtual disk that is not devided into many slices of datablocks.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
when you have your new converted, working and tested machine, you can delete or backup the old server.

Just make sure, they are not both on at the same time!

In fact once converted, it's probably best to shutdown the old one, and not turn on again, and just archive it.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can convert hot or cold.
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
let me describe you the steps and let me if that is correct.

1. power down the guest.

2. delete all snapshot from snapshot manager.

3. import the guest. then i don't know how to use convter to increase the size

can you please tell me the steps to use vonverter.

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PenguinNCommented:
hanccocka and I come from completely diffrent directions in fact hanccocka is also right, but since you want to power down the original and delete it eventualy I would prefer to delete them for performance reasons but when storage is fast this should not cause an issue. Anyway it a choice, if you want to use your snapshots lateron for testing puposes lesve them as they are. Be sure not to power both machines on the same network by the way.
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PenguinNCommented:
hanccocka your fast :-)
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I've just never heard of this

"solid virtual disk that is not devided into many slices of datablocks. "
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
i need to do this tonight.

i have never done it before so scared its live production server.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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PenguinNCommented:
Solid virtual disk containing just one VMDK instead of multiple snapshots, I had had trouble with a SAN with loads of snapshots consisting out of loads of small snapshots build up by the 8Mb datablocks for a 2Tb VMFS. Conversion did not perform very well. After removing all snapshots all blocks got merged into one file and everything went well. So Solid is maybe not the term to use but consisting out of one "continues file" seen by the esx.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What function does this server provide?
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
the server is citrix server on top of windows 2003 server. remote user use from overseas
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
i have to user configure machine or convert machine?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
okay, make sure the server is OFF, when you convert it.

If you follow that video, you can follow it step by step for conversion.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Convert Machine
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
there is no video on the link
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. Click on Convert Machine icon.
2. Select Source Type VMware Infrastrucure Virtual Machine
3. Supply ESX Server IP address, root username and password
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Scroll down to Resolution
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
i did that now do i need to provide new name ? because it says the destination virtual machine xxx already exsist
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
that's okay, just call it Server-New (you can rename it later), this does not change the actual Virtual Machine Name, it's just a description used in the inventory.
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
next it show data store and total source disk size is 100 GB
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
this is where you can change the disk sizes
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
On the next page, you can change the conversion options,m this is where you can specify a new size for the disk.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Click the Data to Copy Option at the top.

Make sure all disks are ticked, and if you click in the size column, you can specify a size in Gigs for the disk.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Click the Drop Down Target Size box, and you'll get an option to enter a size.
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
in data to copy option i ahve 2 choice copy all disk and maintain layout or select volume to copy.

where can i change the size?
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
which option should i select out of 2 ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
select volumes to copy, if you maintain layout you'll get the same!
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
ok what next both partition is check box is checked and ignore page file and hibernation file is also checked
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
okay, if you changed the size to meet your requirements, that's it, click next, next and finish.

no need to change any other items, nics, memory etc
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
it show both partition combine space 100 gb i just need to increase second partition which data partition
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
where do i change the partition size?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
what drive letter is the partiton you want to increase? D:?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Click the Drop Down Target Size box, and you'll get an option to enter a size.
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
E:

Where can i modify the partiton size? i don't see any optin here on my screen
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
ok i did change the size now click next
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
do you see Source Volume, Target Size labels at the top?

click the drop down arrow on the E: partition line
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
now i have 2 machine one old and one new how will i delete the old one
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
not yet!
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
i change the size then click next and finish

so now in main console it tell me 28 min remain
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It takes a while to convert/migrate the data, you need to wait. and ONLY ONLY delete the old machine, when you have successfully test the newly converted machine and NOT BEFORE!
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
i did it now what?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That's correct, 28 mins and it will be completed.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You've DELETED THE OLD VM?
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
great so after this i should power on new guest if everything is ok then i can delete the old guest machine whats going to happen to snapshot of old machine when i am going to delete?
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
not yet?
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
one last question same way i can decrese the partition size right?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, this is what I would recommend.

1. After 28 minutes when the conversion has finished.
2. Power on the New converted and check the disk has been resized (which is your requriement and why we are doing this).
3. and then TEST TEST TEST and TEST the server.
4. ONLY when you are completely satisified that ALL is okay.
5. Highlight the OLD VM, and select DELETE, it will remove ALL the disks and snapshots.
6. Personally I would wait 5 working days before deleting just to be on the safe side, that nothing has gone wrong, it's easier to power on your old VM, than restore from backup.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, you can change disk sizes in eaxactly the same way, increase and decrease.
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
Great,

thanks for your expert help. I will update you once this test is done.

many many thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, no issues, any issues let me know.
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
sure
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
hi, it worked perfactly fine.

one last request how can i delete the log which appers in the vmware main console screen
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Which log?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
you mean the event in the ESXi view?
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
yes
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It will stay there, as an audit trail.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
like all VMware related events and alarms.
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
is there any way we can  delete those entry
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
can you screen shot and post what you are referring to?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
just out of curiosity, why would you want to delete them?
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
it disapper from main console but i need to go in to log and event and delete thoese entry. is it possible?
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
we have external people who does this job for us.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Ah, so you want to cover your tracks!!!! thought as much!

it's possible but you need to edit the SQL tables.

(it's not recommended!)

deleting data from the SQL tables is not supported.

have a look here

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1000125
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jitendramehtaAuthor Commented:
its ok i really appriciate your help. my job is compleated sucessfully.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
is this a single standalone server?

because you would also need to REMOVE all the logs on the server as well.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Um, you've requested the question to be closed? without assigning points?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I'm objecting because you've requested the question to be closed and accepted yourself and assigned Zero Points. After spending some time (1.5 hours) with you wallking through the procedure.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I just wanted to check how your VIrtual Server is working with the extended D: drive?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
This is a complete walkthrough of how to complete the process.

Accept #a35508302
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