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Extending volume of a VM with esx 3.5

Hello - I've been searching/reading a lot of ways of extending a volume in a vm. mostly with vmfs tools or doing a V2V with converter.

I was wondering though, with esx 3.5 I was able to edit a powered off VM that is running Windows 2003 R2. Under Hard Disk -> Capacity --> there's a New Size option. After changing that to a larger size,

I was able to go back into w2k3 R2

and did the following

1. diskpart

2. List volume

3. Select <volume>

4. extend

It looks like it works fine, but I just wanted to confirm if anyone did it this way, and had any problems or using the vmkfs tools is a better method?

(FYI, the volume I'm extending it not the OS boot volume).

TiA!

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Both methods should be fine. Just make sure there is no snapshots for this vm to avoid corruption of the disk

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coolness thanks for the tip!

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