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beckhamk
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Enthusiast

best tool to align windows 2003 VMs both OS and data drives?

Are there any good tools out there to align the partitions for us on a windows 2003 vm? We would like to do both the OS and DATA drives.

Thanks in advance.

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Craig_Baltzer
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diskpart is the one provided with W2K3 and gets the job done. For the OS drive you'll need to partition it using diskpart with it attached to another virtual machine as an additional disk. Once you've got the partitioning as you like, create a VM and attach that pre-defined disk to it and install your OS. Once it up once you can convert it to a template and use the vCenter template capability which will create properly aligned OS drives for any new W2K3 servers you want from that template

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dconvery
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If you use the GUI to create your VMFS partitions, you should not need to worry about this as much, but take a look at this ->

http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx3_partition_align.pdf

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beckhamk
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The VC / vic will align the vmfs partician but not the guest os drives. We are looking for a gui tool to handle this for us, especially since we want to realign existing vms that had been p2v.

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williambishop
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"It is neither recommended or required to align the OS drive"

As for windows, the diskpart tool, followed by formatting with 32k.

--"Non Temetis Messor."
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Topski
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This depends also on the location (and usage) of your page file. The pagefile should also be on an aligned disk, if heavily used.

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