First of all sorry for posting here. I am not able to post anywhere else other than this. I am new to this forum and vmware. I am not aware.
We have our servers hosted in vmware. We have a template server for win2k3. C drive size of it is 20GB. If I get a requirement for 30GB, How will I be able to deploy the server from this template to the drive size to 30GB.
Please help me with this.
Sorry again for posting here.
You either need to
convert the template to vm, increase harddisk size of VM (you may have to delete any existing snapshot to get this option enabled.), boot windows and increase partition space using any thirdparty tool, convert VM back to Template
do the same for each VMs after deploying from template.
Thanks for your replies.
After conveting to vm, how will I be able to change the drive size? I was asked for a format
Please tell me about the third party tools which can be used.
Please give me the steps or any reference pdf for the same which tells me how to use it.
I wont be aware of that for sure.
You can try Acronis® Disk Director
following KB articles may offer some help.
Increasing the size of a virtual disk http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=100404...
Increasing the size of a disk partition http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=100407...
check this thread too http://communities.vmware.com/thread/18373
No third party tools are needed to do this. It's really rather simple, just takes a couple of moments per VM that you want to resize...I did this very recently for several virtual desktops that needed more drive space for their C drive (persistant VM's)...
Power off the virtual desktop you want to modify.
Open the "Edit Settings" dialog window.
Select the C drive for the VM. Note the path to the VMDK file.
Change it's size to reflect what you need it to be. Close the "Edit Settings" window (use the 'ok' button) and then reopen it again to continue.
Select the VMDK you just resized and select "Remove" for the virtual drive/disk. Make sure you do NOT select to delete the drive, simply remove it from the VM.
Close the "Edit Settings" window.
Open up the settings for a helper VM that has the correct drive controller on it (SCSI should be used, and this shouldn't be an issue) and add the target VMDK to it.
Power on the helper VM.
Once the helper VM is powered up, open a command window and type "Diskpart"
You'll want to enter the following commands:
select disk n (n is the number of the secondary drive)
select part n (typically 1, but check to make sure)
After a short pause the command prompt should be back. You can type 'list disk' again to make sure it reflects the correct size. If this is the case, power off the helper VM, remove the resized VMDK from it, and attach it back to the original VM.
The longest part of this process is powering on/off the VM's. You can, also, attach several drives to the helper VM to go through many in a single session. Since each VMDK is actually in it's own folder, and you're simply extending the partition to use the extra space, it's harmless (IME).
You can also change the drive size when you P2V a system (or V2V a VM). You'll just need to edit the settings before initiating the conversion. You'll probably want to extend the drive as outlined above, if the OS doesn't see the extended space on power up.
Resizing virtual drives, for Windows prior to version 7 or Server 2008 (might be able to do it in Vista too, but who's actually running that??) is one of the reasons many environments have at least one 'helper' VM available.
I'm sure there are people that use scripts to make all these changes too. I've not needed to do that since I've not needed to do more than a handful of systems at any given time. Typically, if you properly plan out the VM creation, it's not an issue. Most of the time, when converting a physical box, the C drive is resized at that time, making it a non-issue later.
Thanks for ur reply.
Hw will be able to see the location of the vmdk file from the edit settings?
I am not able to.
Even after i change the size of hard disk in the edit settings it din't reflect.
Couldn't come online quite a long time. Sorry for the delay.