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I inherited a VMServer 2.0 environment and I am running into issues. I need to expand a vm disk by 100GB. The datastore it resides on has 200GB available but when I attempt to increase the capacity it errors out and tells me there is insufficient disk space. I attempted to use the command line utility with the same results. What am I missing here?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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what command line syntax did you use, and what error did you get.

otherwise it's quicker and easier to use VMware Converter to complete a V2V, because it also extends the partition inside the VM (at the OS level), which you would have to do in a different process.

Download VMware vCenter Converter here
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.x Documentation
http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/converter_pubs.html

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 User Guide
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/convsa_43_guide.pdf

If you have issues, you may want to consult the following guides

Read fellow Expert Bestway's article.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_3639-VMware-vConverter-P2V-for-Windows-Servers.html

Best Practice Video Guide here
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1004588

@paulsolov fellow EE Expert has suggested the following method:-

"If all else fails do the following as it has helped me over a hundred times when converter fails

1.  Download trial copy of Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery
2.  Install and take an image of the server
3.  Use VMware Converter to convert image (it knows it natively) to a VM"


Check the video here I created earlier, and you can see the process.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_27232719.html?cid=1572#a36291208
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I downloaded the tool and have one question. Will the conversion process attempt to convert the files in place or will it attempt to copy them and create a new set of vm files effectively doubling the size in the datastore?
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It will convert a old VM ---> new VM, with the requirements you specify.

So do you have enough datastore space, to hold old and new VMs, before testing the new, and destroying the old?
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by:mikegaston3127
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I do not have the space to hold both on this VM server so it looks like I have to convert into my production VM environment and then back into the development side where it belongs.
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otherwise what was the error message and command line you were using?
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Both error messages were that there was insufficient disk space available. The command was  vmware-vdiskmanager -x 300GB (path to vdmk file).
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what size is the current VM - 200GB?

and you expanding by 100GB to 300GB?

You are probably close to the limit of the datastore?

did you try extending by 50GB?
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Total datastore space available is 650GB. 200GB are remaining. Yes I am expanding from 200 to 300. Any attempt to expand the drive was met by an error.
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make sure you are executing the vdiskmanager command in the actual directory it exists
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make sure you have no snapshots, and specify the vmdk file (not the flat filename version)
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Thanks for the help.
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