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Need to add Hard Drive Space to VM

I need some advise on added hard drive space to an exisiting VM running on my ESXi 5.1 Server.  I have 2 datastores on this Host with several VM's on each.  I have a File Server VM on 1 of my datastores that I need to increase its hard drive space.  There is currently about 460 GB of Free Space on that datastore.  I would like to increase the File Server VM by about 200 GB.  Here are the details of the File Server VM:

OS: Server 2003
1 qty Virtual disk 700 GB Thick Provisioned
3 Partitions on the one virtual Disk (C:, D:, E:)
I want to increase the size of the 'D:' partition on the Virtual Disk

VM Details
What is the best way to go about this?
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Michael McGuire
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
First...

1. check VM for snapshots (cannot tell see my article)
2. Backup VM (full backup not Snapshot)
3. Check disk is not IDE (this looks good from Screenshot)
4. Increase virtual disk size (vmdk), edit settings with VM off.
5. you will have a VM with 200GB of unallocated space, you will then need to use a Partition Manager, e.g. boot from cdrom, and move the E: Partition down the disk.
6. then with the empty space provided after the D: partition,
7. Grow the D: Partition into this space....

see my EE Article, Step by Step Tutorial Instructions with Screenshots


HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient

HOW TO:  Resize a VMware (VMDK) Virtual Disk
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Michael McGuireSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Great Thanks excellent articles!  Do you have a recommendation bewteen using either Gparted or DISKPART?  Does the OS being Server 2003 have any influence of this?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Server OS has no influence.

Gparted, or Parted Magic because they have a GUI, if you are confident with DISKPART command line use it!
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Michael McGuireSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help.  The articles are everything I needed.  I am also going to use Gparted per your recomendation.
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