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Expand existing VMware Server 1.0.9 Guest Drive C & D

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Hello everyone,

My host is Server 2003 R2.

My guest VMs are Server 2000 & NT4

My C: & D: drives are running out of space. I have cleared out all temp files and removed any unnecessary programs and relocated the pagefile. In addition I have already added an E: drive.

Without upgrading is it possible to increase a Guest VM Disk under VMware Server 1.0.9 with a special utility or command line program?

- Tom
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Yes, you use

the C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation\vmware-vdiskmanager -x {diskSize}GB "c:\vm\yourvm.vmdk"

that increases the disk, and then you need to increase the OS partition inside the VM.

Before making any changes to the partition structure of the disk, ensure you have a full backup, not a snapshot.

1. Resize partition with Gparted Live CDROM

i. Download Gparted Live CDROM (http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php).

ii. Upload the cdrom iso to the vSphere ESX/ESXi datastore.

iii. Mount the cdrom or iso on the virtual machine.

iv. Shutdown and restart the virtual machine booting from the cdrom.


v. Select Resize partition.

Here is a Tutorial Walkthorugh of how to resize a partition with a GParted Live CDROM

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

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/using-gparted-to-resize-your-windows-vista-partition/


2. Using DISKPART.exe

(the system disk cannot be re-sized within the virtual machine, but other disks can be resized, eg. D: E: etc

i. Shutdown the virtual machine.
ii. Remove disks from virtual machine (but do not delete them).
iii. Add the disks to another virtual machine.
iv. Start up virtual machine.
v. Use Diskpart in the OS to extend disks.

see here for details on Diskpart usage

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325590

3.Use VMware Converter Standalone to complete a V2V (virtual to virtual conversion).
there is an option to increase or decrease the size of target disks on the desintation at conversion.

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

For the conversion steps, 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

Also the VMware KB here

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1004071
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Thank you Hanccoka,

I already have VMware Converter Standalone 4.0.1 build 161434 and never even thought of V2V. In your opinion is this the best method?

In addition, in your opinion which is a better choice for the destination disks:

Pre-Allocated
Not Pre-Allocated
2GB Split Pre-allocated
2GB Split not Pre-Allocated

- Tom

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Pre-Allocated much faster.

To be honest with you I'm a hands on "old timer", and like to use GpartEd LiveCDROM.

But V2V is easier, because you can expand and increase partition, in in one Process, and you have a backup!

once, you've tested your new VM, you can destroy the original.
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I just ran the V2V and everything is working great.

For me the VMware Standalone Converter is definitely the way to go.

Thank you Hanccocka.

- Tom
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Tom

no problems, thanks

Andy
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