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I have a server that is almost out of space on the C drive. It is our mail SQL server and I do not want to shut down during the day. It appears in VMWARE that I need to power down so I can edit settings and expand the drive. I recall on older 2003 servers I was able to use a DELL product  EXTPART, but that is not working and it only tells me "unable to connect to c: or it does not exist". Do I have  any alternatives? I would prefer to do this today, but will schedule something in the middle of the night if I have to.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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see my EE Article

HOW TO:  Resize a VMware (VMDK) Virtual Disk

With Windows 2008 R2, you can use Disk Management, and Click the Volume/Partition and Extend Volume.

See Option 5 in My EE Article above, with no downtime, in realtime, without a server outage!

Please make sure you have a full backup before making any partition changes.
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I see that article but when I right click my C drive extend volume is grayed out. The article indicates that I should be able to use disk manager without downtime. I do not see an option with VMWARE edit settings or disk manger that is not grayed out. Am I missing something?
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have you extended the virtual disk, and have unallocated disk space to grow into?
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are u talking about in edit settings? Under virtual machine properties I highlight hard disk 1 and everything is grayed out. The disk size is 280GB but I do not see anyplace to increase it. I am thinking I need to shut down for that to allow me to change it
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okay growing a disk is a two step procedure

1. expand the virtual disk using edit settings
2. expand grow the volume or partition in the OS

a number of reasons edit settings increase hard disk is grayed out

IDE disk increase disk not supported
virtual machine disk has a snapshot

check my EE Article to check if you are running on a snapshot...

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient
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ahh u may have cleared up a differnt issue I am having. I pulled alarms on this server and saw a "snapshot present" alarm, but when I went to snapshot manager, I did not see a snapshot to delete. I am not sure what happened. Should I just hit the consolidate button?
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it just shows the server name and "you are here" directly below it, not sure where the snapshot is
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Please see my EE Article


HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient
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thanks it ended up being a snapshot on my SQL server. I went to delete it but it did not show in the snap shot manager so I just consolitdated and several hours later it completed. Then I was able to expand my drive
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