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Need to extend a drive on virtual WINDOWS 2008 r2 enterprise server that was created in VMWARE

This should be pretty simple, but I do not want to make a mistake. I created a WIndows 2008 r2 server that is used as a SQL server. There is an E drive that was only allocated 20 GB in VMWARE and now needs to be extended 10GB. I know that I need to go into vmware and edit settings on the server and expand the drive to 30GB, but what is the next step? Is it as simple and going into the user, running disk management and extending the drive? Are there any dangers or anything I should be especially careful of?
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coolsport00

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

Also make sure the disk is SCSI, as IDE do not support extension, but Im sure if using Win2k8, youll be using SCSI disks.
coolsport00

Yep, you have it exactly as it should be. Take @hanccocka's recommendations to have a full b/u of your VM as there is alway the potential of virtual disk getting corrupted (it happened to me once....and it was on the sys vol vmdk so I 'lost' my VM). Here are the KBs that verify your procedure:

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1004047
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1004071 (See "NOTE" on Windows 2008, etc.)

Regards,
~coolsport00
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