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More often the initial disk space for your vmware devices is not enough in the long run and you wish extend its current capacity. I’ve tried few tutorials I googled, but most of them are either not working for me or too complex to follow, and some commands are really not necessary.
So here’s my version of increasing your vmware virtual disk from linux for a vmware linux guest OS.
fdisk -l /dev/sda1 # or the device address of your vmware vdisk on your guest OS.
it will response to something like this:
Disk /dev/sda: 21.4 GB, 21474836480 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2610 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 13 104391 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 14 77 514080 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda3 78 1044 7767427+ 8e Linux LVM
2. Keep this in mind for future reference, now shutdown the guest OS.
shutdown -r now
3. On your host OS (the one the serves your virtual devices), perform the following as root:
vmware-vdiskmanager -d myvirtual/myvirtual.vmdk # this will defrag the virtual disk.
and then followed by
vmware-vdiskmanager -x 30GB myvirtual/myvirtual.vmdk #resize the virtual device’s virtual disk.
4. Now, test your guest OS if it can still normally boots and on the console enter:
fdisk -l /dev/sda
5. Compare the old value to the new one, confirm if it successfully resize the partition.
6. In my case, an LVM drive, you can perform the following to check the current status of your volumes:
pvdisplay #To check the physical volume partition
lvdisplay #to check the status of your volumes
vgdisplay #to display the status of your logical volume
7. When creating server’s on vmware, doing it on LVM is a good way to safely increase or decrease the storage capacity of your guest OS.
8. Add an lvm physical partition, in my case it will be /dev/sda4 and add it in the current LVM volume group.
9. Now you can perform lvextend to resize your current logical volume capacity.
lvextend -L+10G /dev/base/system
10. Restart your guest OS and its done.