I've configured hard drive with 30 GB and would like to increase it to 50 GB.
Is there any way to change hard drive size after configuring it?
Yes tiu can increase the size of a virtual disk in the VM - this done in the settings of the VM. It will depend on your O/S on how you whatt you will have to do to get the O/S to see the new space -
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power down vm (remove snapshots) and run vmware-vdiskmanager on it. There is separate pdf manual for it. After resizing 'physical disk' you need to add partition, or resize partition or delete existing partition and create one. It all depends what you need and what id indtslled in vm.
I use Converter to do this. You have to power the machine down and it makes a clone of the original and you just edit the size of the c drive and make it 50 GB. Dosn't take to long to convert the machine and you are away.
What version of vmware are you using?
You can resize your Harddisk in vmware.
If you are using ESX 3.0.X. VC 2X
Step 1: Select the VM which you want to resize the HDD. then find the datastore of HDD located. (note it down the datastore path with VMDK file and ESX server name)
Step 2: Shutdown VM
Step 3: Take putty session of ESX server then go to datastore (\vmfs\volumes\datastore1\vm.vmdk)as you taken in step 1. then run this command vmkfstools -X 50G <path of the VMDK file> (50 GB is final HDD size)
Step 4: Now power On the VM then go to command line then use DISKPART command to expand your HDD
If you are using ESX 3.5.U2 VC 2.5
Step 1: Power down the VM
Step 2: go to VM edit setting and increase the size as you want
Step 3: Now power on the VM then go to command line then use DISKPART command to expand your HDD>
If you are using ESX 3.5. U4 VC 2.5 or Vsphere
You can do it while the VM is powered ON. (I am not test it out check with Vsphere PDF document)
Note: If you are try this activity first time better you can it backup of the HDD or clone of the HDD (Its always better.)
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if you have 30 gb and extending it to 50 gb. my question is will it append 20 gb with 30 gb and make it one single 50 gb hard disk(parition) or it will append 20 gb and make it 30 gb and 20 gb with two parition.
I only use this method when extending the size of a windows c drive from 20 GB to 50 GB which means you end up with a c drive of 50 GB. If it is any other drive then the c drive I would use VC to do it.
how do i get vdiskmanager.exe. is it by defualt installed with vmware tools.
vdiskmanager is compatible with esx 3.5 or not. you run vdiskmanager.exe with esx 3.5 or vsphere.
when i tried to extend the boot partition, it flash me the error that you cannot extend the volume. but when i add another hard disk of 10 gb, format it as E drive then i am able to extend the parition size by 7 gb or more than that. it means we cannot extend the root partition. can someone correct me if i am wrong.
There is tool named "vmkfstools" available in ESX to extend drive size for VMs present in ESX3.0,3.5&4.0
Also Boot partition can be resized
Post the steps that you tried for boot partition resize
post steps i did not tried for Boot partition. i added another disk (apart from boot) only then i was able to extend. because while extending boot parition i was getting error. let me tried with vmkfstools command.
when i tried the extend the parition with vmkfstools command it extend it to 37 gb but it kept 7 gb and 30 gb as separate parition. i need when i run command like vmkfstools or any other i need the 37 GB as one single parition but not two separate parition. but when i tried to extend the parition (other than boot parition)it gives me the one single parition 37 gb instead of two parition.
After excuting vmkfstools for increasing drive size it will add additional partition in the same disk then you have to merge it by using third party tools or diskpart utility in windows
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i installed converter on my VM which i want to resize as per your link provided. but i dont see any vmware converter application console from there i can import the machine. how can i use vmware converter for the same. i dont see any icon on my desktop as i can see for vmware infrastructure client.