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ESX 4 - Need to add or expand partition for our backup software

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Is it possible to expand a current partion on our service console ? We have 2 hosts in a cluster that runs eVault agents to back up VM's. I did not configure enought storage on the root parition to accomodate for the catalog files that seem to fill up the root partition quicly now that we are running more VM's then we did in the past. Is it possible to mount a new partition or expand a current partition to where I can reinstall our BU agent to? I would like to look at maybe creating a 10g partition or expanding one of the current partitions. Looking for any help doing so.

Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdh5             4.9G  2.5G  2.2G  53% /
/dev/sda1             1.1G   75M  952M   8% /boot
/dev/sdh2             2.0G  110M  1.8G   6% /var/log
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an easy way would be to create a new root partition, copy your root partition there and adjust fstab accordingly.

How good is your Linux?
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Do you have unallocated space immediately after the root partition?

OR

The easiest way especially if you have vMotion is to migrate all your guest off and rebuild the host.
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can you get me an fdisk output?
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That was the option I was afraid of. Rebuilding the host. After posting I realised that I don't have any free space. All free space was allocated to local vmfs storage during the install.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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It is going to be very difficult, and a lot of manual work, using Gpart to shift the partitions around, and shrink, eventually, resize the root partition, and then update fstab.

It will be quicker to re-install ESX 4.0.
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It would probably take us 4 hours to complete, versus an ESX 4.0 install in 20 minutes. (worst case).
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so cant you add more storage into a folder as thats a feature of windows and you can use virtually all storage tech I think
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Hi

I agree that the best option is to rebuild the host. More easy and safe.

Jail
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The right answer isn't always what you want to hear. Thanks.
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