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Increase the hard disk size of a linux VM

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 Need to increase the hard drive size of a linux virtual machine. Please advice on the best practice. Thank you.
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First it depends on what hypervisor you are using. Most of them allow you to edit the settings of your VM (when shutdown), and for example allocate more space to the virtual disk. Once that is done, boot the VM using a LiveCD like GParted, or some other partitioning utility and use that to increase the size of the partition(s) to fill up the newly gained space:

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=gparted

After that you can boot back into your Linux OS and the new space should be available.

It can also depends a little on your Linux distro and how it was installed. For example if it is setup with LVM, you should be able to increase the size while the OS is running (but I don't use LVM and don't have any experience with it. You would have to search online yourself for more details on that).

Another method is to use VMware's vCenter Converter Standalone, with which you can move the old VM to a newer, larger one:

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/5_5
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Thank you Rindy.
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