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vmware hard drive space

I am a bit new to VMWARE.  I am at the venter sphere client window.  I a have allocated another 10 GB of hard drive space to a virtual machine.  I know you are supposed to go into server manager and then disk management on the virtual machine to see the space that has been added.  I don't see it there right now.  Do I need to reboot first?  After that do I right click on the added storage and click extend? Just want to make sure I'm doing this right.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Also Re-scan Storage first

Click Extend. (if you have an OS, which supports Disk Management Extend!)

see my EE Article

HOW TO:  Resize a VMware (VMDK) Virtual Disk

This should all happen hot, e.g. hot plug, but sometimes a reboot is requried, but not always!
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Miguel Angel Perez MuñozCommented:
INMO you can not add extra space to drive with powered on virtual machine. Must be shutdown first.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@Miguel, this is not correct, it's hot plug! Try it in VMware vSphere!

We've been doing it every week for many years, hot plug, in real time, with no downtime! (depends on the OS support!).

You can also add and remove disks!
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mkramer777Author Commented:
Do you think I need to reboot?  Is Win 2008 server R2 supported for this?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Not normally.

If you Re-scan storage does the Extended (unallocated space show up?)

Please upload a screenshot of Disk Management.

Yes, this is supported in 2008, and 2008 R2.

Right Click Disk Management, and select Rescan Disks
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mkramer777Author Commented:
All I needed to do was rescan storage.  Thanks!
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
the only time you need to shutdown the virtual machine when adding disk space is with vmware workstation; as andrew said it can be done hot with ESX
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mkramer777Author Commented:
Forgot one thing.  I should right click the existing c drive and then in the wizard I should see the 10 GB extra space.  Just click next and finish?
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