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Hi All,

I want to discuss one issue which I am facing. I have a virtual machine which was initially thick provisioned. I did storage migration and changed the provisioning to "thin provision".

But now I am not able to edit the disk setting and it is throwing an error "vSphere Replication does not support changing the disk length of a replicated disk" .


I don't have any replication or recovery tool. Please suggest!

I searched for this error and also followed some VMware link for .vmdk file extension but was unable to perform as it is new for me.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Perform a new Storage vMotion, and this time change it to THICK.
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Techie solutionVMware SpecialistAuthor Commented:
What would be its impact. I want to increase C:/ on this machine, with thick provisioning I wont be allowed to do so.

Please suggest!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You should be able to increase the size of the virtual disk, whether the virtual disk, is thick or thin.

HOW TO:  Resize a VMware (VMDK) Virtual Disk
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Techie solutionVMware SpecialistAuthor Commented:
HI ,

Will the cloning of the target virtual machine will work as a full backup resource for that vm?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, cloning is an option, that some organisation use as a backup mechanism.
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Techie solutionVMware SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Hi,
When I am cloning the above server it is throwing an error"The guest OS has reported an error during quiescing. The error code was: 5 The error message was: 'VssSyncStart' operation failed: IDispatch error #8788 (0x80042454) ". I don't know how can I Freeze the process over it as it is a WSUS server.
Any Luck!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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Techie solutionVMware SpecialistAuthor Commented:
I tried doing the option mentioned on the above KB but no luck.
I created VMtool.conf file, restarted the VMTool services thrice, reinstall vmtools on the server but still no luck.
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Techie solutionVMware SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Hi,

I managed to extend C Drive but need to allocate the unallocated space to it. I am restricted since it is a dynamic drive. Any Idea how can I Allocate it the space.

The OS version is 2008R2
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Right Click the Partition, and select Expand.
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Techie solutionVMware SpecialistAuthor Commented:
This is a dynamic disk and this option is greyed out in dynamic.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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Techie solutionVMware SpecialistAuthor Commented:
I Paused the Replication on the Replication Server by connecting to "VMware web client" and then tried to increase the size to the required amount. Then I expanded the unallocated space of the Dynamic Disk by below steps:

1.Click Start, and then click Server Manager.
2.In the navigation pane, expand Storage, and then click Disk Management.
3.In the details pane, right-click the volume that you want, and then click Extend Volume.
4.Follow the instructions in the Extend Volume Wizard to extend the boot partition.

Thank you for your help and sharing your knowledge with me.
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Techie solutionVMware SpecialistAuthor Commented:
I performed the step and was successful.
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