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I am running the vmware esxi 5. I want to increase the windows xp host disk space, but when I go to the hard disk setting, the provisioned size is grayed out....
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Can you move the XP machine to another computer temporarily. You should be able to increase the XP disk size with VMware Standalone Converter. I did that for two XP machines, but the VMware setup was Workstation not ESXi.  ... Thinkpads_User
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By host diskspace I'm assuming you mean the boot drive/c drive of the XP machine?

If so, shutdown the xp machine in question. Mount the harddrive onto another virtual machine as an additional hdd. You can then increase the size of the hdd. Then remount the disk to the original XP machine and the size will be increased.
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To make sure I understand you correctly. You have a server running VMware ESXi, and have a virtual machine running Windows XP as the guest. You have increased the virtual disk size within the virtual machine settings. Now you would like to increase the partition size of the boot volume within the guest OS.

If this senario is correct then you should download the free GParted utility, mount the downloaded ISO, and expand the partition.

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php
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Thank you, and I was pleased to assist. .... Thinkpads_User
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