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Extend Non System Partition on VMWare Windows 2003 Server

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I have a Windows 2003 R2 Server virtual machine inside VMWare 4.1. It is the E:\ drive and I need to increase the size of it from 100GB to 200GB. I have read different items on how to do this and just not exactly sure.

I saw one article from VMWare that says you need to do the following, but this seems uneccesary to me...but I don't know. It appears to be below if you want to do this on the actual ESXi Host.  Do I need to do the following if it is just a Windows VM guest?

To expand VMDK and extend a partition:
Log into the VMware ESX/ESXi host as the root user. Verify that the virtual machine does not have any snapshots by going into the virtual machine's directory and looking for Delta files. Run the command:

#ls -lah /vmfs/volumes/datastore_name/vm_name/*delta*
-rw------- 1 root root 1.8G Oct 10 10:58 vm_name-000001-delta.vmdk

Note: For more information on logging into the ESX/ESXi, see the following:
For more information on VMware ESX Service Console, Unable to connect to an ESX host using Secure Shell (SSH) (1003807)
For more information on VMware ESXi Technical Support Mode, Tech Support Mode for Emergency Support (1003677)
For more information on VMware ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.0 Technical Support Mode, Using Tech Support Mode in ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.x (1017910)

If the virtual machine does have snapshots, commit them using these commands:

#vmware-cmd -l /vmfs/volumes/datastore_name/vm_name/vm_name.vmx

#vmware-cmd /vmfs/volumes/datastore_name/vm_name/vm_name.vmx removesnapshots removesnapshots() = 1

Would you please tell me how to do this and if the VM needs to be POWERED OFF or POWERED ON during any of the process.

Thanks so much!
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