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Unable to expand the hard disk in VMWare 6.5 - Greyed out

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I shutdown the machine and tried to add more disk space and the GB section is greyed out. How can I add additional disk space (Hard Disk 2)

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continuum
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Did you create a new snapshot first ?
If yes - then use the "delete all" next. "Delete snapshot" will not clean up  the false information in the vmsd-file

Do you need support with a recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"

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IRIX201110141
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Does the VM have a active Snapshot?

Regards

Joerg

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aa2017
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Joerg,

Thanks for the quick response. No, there is no snapshot. But, these VMs are running on Cisco UCS. So, is there a different way to add disk space using Cisco UCS instead of VSphere?

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a_p_
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No, there is no snapshot.

Don't rely on the Snapshot Manager.

Please double-check this by expanding "Hard disk 1", and "Hard disk 2". If the .vmdk names l look like "<vmname>-00000x.vmdk" then the VM has active Snapshots.


André

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aa2017
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VMDK.PNG

So, does this say that it has a snapshot?

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aa2017
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I found this, Is this the snapshot that you were referring to. Can I go ahead and delete this directly?vmsnapshot.PNG

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ThompsG
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Hi there,

Yes the VM is running under a snapshot but don’t delete the files directly. Firstly see if you can try a consolidation as outlined here: Consolidate Snapshots

If that doesn’t work then we might need to do it from the command line.

As with anything please make make sure you have a good backup. Fairly safe processes but it doesn’t hurt to have backups.

Kind regards.

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continuum
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Dont do that.
Instead create a new snapshot. And when that is created go to snapshotmanager and use "delete all" button.
After that you should be able to expand the vmdks.

Do you need support with a recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
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aa2017
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Thank you both. I have a question. As this is running on Cisco UCS. I was told that the snapshots should be taken only through Cisco UCS "Snapshot Now" option and not to use the VMWare Snapshot option. But, I was also told that you never delete a snapshot that was taken using UCS snapshot.

Just to add to the existing comment above. Since the snapshot was taken in UCS it will show as SENTINEL. Now, I was told not to delete the SENTINEL snapshot, which I am not sure unless someone with UCS expertise can help me. But, here is the screen shot. I right clicked and I had "Delete Snapshot, Delete All Snapshots". I am going to chose Delete snapshot. Any suggestions or thought before I do that. I will wait for response. As, I do not want to do something that would cause any issues.

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continuum
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Did you create a new snapshot first ?
If yes - then use the "delete all" next. "Delete snapshot" will not clean up  the false information in the vmsd-file

Do you need support with a recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"

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aa2017
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Thank you! Yes did it and was able expand the disk space.

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cloudsuresh
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Take the snapshots using both the vendors.

Give priority to Cisco UCS.

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