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VMM 2008 requires a VM to Shut Down in order to expand Virtual Hard Disk Size

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Hi Folk,

Quick Simple queries,, want to expand virtual hard disk size of a VM from SCVMM 2008 having hyper-V 2008 Servers.

though no snapshot is currently running but the hard drive tab under IDE devices are grayed.  actually within a Guest, the drive to be extended is not C: or boot drive but it is primary drive(i.e, D Drive) and have no other partitions on that same disk.


1-)Is it grayed out from SCVMM console is due to machine is currently up and live and i need to turn it off before expanding virtual hard disk size of that VM?

as in that case, outage window would be require. which we cant afford before christmas break expires.

2-)Another connected question is, how expanding the virtual hard drive from SCVMM will appear under guest's Disk management?  offline unallocated space? and i have to extend relevant drive to merge with this new unallocated drive?

3-)Last question is, will the newly added space with unallocated arena will come contiguous to that D Drive? what do i need to do if it dint come contiguous ? can i expand that D Drive than knowing it is primary partition?

Thanks, Hussein
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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1. You will need to OFFLINE the VM, and Expand the VHD.

2. When restarting the VM, you will need to EXTEND the OS Partition into the Unallocated space. (Use Disk Management Extend - this can be done whilst the VM is ONLINE). Right Click the Partition, and Click Extend.

3. Yes, it will be contiguous to that D Drive.
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