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I have a 2008R2 server running as a Vmware VM. I only have a system drive which is currently at 100 gig. I need to increase it to 200gig. Can this be done by increaseing the size of the VMware disk or will it be a matter of imaging Windows increasing the VM and then redeploying that image?
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by:Subhashish Laha
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Yes, you can increase the vmdk disk size without re-imaging the machine.

First shutdown the VM.
Increase vmdk size in VM edit settings.
Start Windows
Go to Disk management and extend volume.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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There is no requirement to shutdown the VM, you can increase HOT (e.g. VM ON!).

Two procedures, first increase VMDK size, second increase Partition in the OS.

see here

HOW TO:  Resize a VMware (VMDK) Virtual Disk

Edit the Disk Settings, Increase the Size.

In the Windows 2008 R2 OS, Disk Management - Extend Volume.
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by:Sid_F
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Worked thanks. Didn't need to reboot
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No problems.
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