Server 2003 expanding system drive vmware how to

If you’re running out of space on a Windows Server 2003 instance in VMware you do have a workaround to expand your system partition. This will require gparted which is standard on Knoppix so I would suggest you grab a copy of Knoppix and burn that to a CD first. Now I will detail the steps required since this is really easy:

  1. Power off the VM
  2. Right click your VM in vSphere client – Edit Settings
  3. Select the Hard Disk that contains the VMDK file for your system drive
  4. Increase size to whatever you want (or is available)
  5. Open the Console to the VM
  6. Power on the VM but quickly mount your local host CD/DVD drive to boot to Knoppix
  7. Once Knoppix is booted open a terminal and type in: sudo gparted
  8. Select the drive you want to expand by right clicking and select “Resize”
  9. You can resize by typing in the desired size or dragging the vertical bar over to desired size
  10. Continue through the menu and when done press APPLY at the top and gparted will do the work
  11. Once complete, reboot the system and remove the Knoppix CD and unmount the CD drive from within vmware
  13. Windows will probably want to reboot when you login, please do so and after this you’ll see your newly sized system partition