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To resize VMware Server partition is not an easy job for many Windows Server users because it is involved with VMware virtual machine and the data safety on the Server partitions. Many users do not know how to resize virtual machine or increase VMware Server disk size, other Server users know the method, but do not know which tool is better. They need to think twice to choose reliable VMware server partition resize software to change the VMware Server disk size. This article will introduce a step by step tutorial of how to resize VMware Server partition directly and safely without complex works.
Generally, there are two kinds of problem may occur when resize VMware Server partition.
First, the VMware Server boot partition is lack of space, but there is plenty of free space on other virtual partitions.
Second, both the virtual boot partition and the entire VMware Server disk are out of space. The VMware provides "vdiskmanager.exe" tools to increase the virtual disk size, which is in the VMware installation directory. To safe resize VMware Server partition, you still have to use third party partitioning tool, for example, EaseUS Partition Master.
Step1: Open up the run dialogue from the start menu (Start -> Run) or hold down the Windows key and press R. Type "cmd" and hit enter to open up the Command Prompt.
Step2: Assuming that your VMware installation is in the default location type or paste the following, replacing CAPACITY with the new size of the virtual disk image and "xx" with the absolute path and name of your VMDK in "xx.VMDK"
"C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation\vmware-vdiskmanager.exe" -x CAPACITY "xx.VMDK"
The capacity should be entered with the following extensions depending on the new size, MB or GB, for example 20GB will resize the new hard drive to 20 gigabytes.
However, this tool can only increase VMware Server virtual disk space as the "WARNING" message mentioned above. To increase the Virtual Server partition, you need third-party utility in the virtual machine like EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition.
The following is a step by step introduction of resizing VMware Server boot partition with third-party partition manager utility when there is unallocated space behind it.
1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master.
2. Select the boot partition (C: drive), right click it and select "Resize/Move partition", drag the partition handle rightwards to extend boot partition (C: drive).
3. Click Apply.
Tips: When there is no unallocated space right behind the boot partition, please shrink the data partition and leave some free space behind the boot partition with "Resize/Move partition" first.
For more detailed information, please visit resizing and moving partitions.
With this method you can increase VMware Server Virtual disk and resize virtual partitions without complex works, such as backing up and restoring, transferring to other virtual machine, etc.