How to Grow a virtual disk in a VMWare virtual machine
A VMDK file can be grown while no virtual machine is using it. Growing the VMDK only makes the virtual harddrive bigger - filesystem within the VMDK must still to be grown with other methods. On ESX Server: vmkfstools -X <newsize>Gb filename.vmdk On ESX 3.5, you can also edit the VM settings and edit the harddrive when the VM is not running. Note:On ESX the filename.vmdk file is just a file containing metainformation and "filename-flat.vmdk" is the actual data file. However, vmkfstools operations are used on the metafile
On VMware Server Workstation and VMware Fusion: vmware-vdiskmanager -x <newsize>Gb filename.vmdk
If growing an existing vmdk file named "server1.vmdk" and it is to be grown so it's new size is 20GB, the command would be:
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