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Posted on 2016-10-17
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I am trying to expand the disk drive (thick provisioned) but the options are greyed out.  Tried upgrading the VMware ESXi client to the latest version.  Has anyone experienced this before?  The environment is VMware ESXi 5.5
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if the option is greyed out, it could be

1. the disk is IDE, and does NOT support expansion.

2. the virtual machine disk is currently in a snapshot state.

see my EE Article for how to find out if your disk is in snapshot mode

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient

please see my EE Article, in how you Expand your virtual disk, and expand the OS partition.

HOW TO:  Resize a VMware (VMDK) Virtual Disk

So, check your virtual disk.....before proceeding..
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by:amazon4life
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It probably makes more sense to do the following for example correct, based on your post?  Please feel free to let me know if I am understanding this correctly:

-If there is a VM where the users say they need the 6 snapshots, then create a clone per-snapshot VM for a total of 6 new VMs, and then delete the snapshots.

-Otherwise the performance will be impacted, as we are experiencing.  Am I correct with this post?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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You SHOULD not use Snapshots for Backups.

Snapshots do cause PERFORMANCE issues.

You will not be able to expand the disk on a snapshot disk.

If the user wants to keep states, then BACKUP the VM, this could be a clone.

So You are correct.
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Thanks Andrew.
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not a problem
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