How to extend hard disk Linux virtual machine on VMWare Esxi

Overview

This article shows how extend hard disk Linux virtual machine on Esxi using Gparted software

How to configure

  • Log in to Esxi by Admin account
  • Check the capacity of the current Linux virtual machine
  • Perform physical hard drive expansion (we will expand from 16GB to 20GB) -> Select the virtual machine -> Right click and choose Edit settings -> Go to Hard disk -> Enter the amount you want -> Click Save

** Attention: You must delete all the snapshots of virtual machine to be able to adjust the hard drive capacity

  • Download Gparted software file (.iso) in https://gparted.org/download.php
  • Upload iso file which was downloaded to Esxi’s datastore
  • Edit settings -> Choose CD/DVD -> Expand the list to get the iso file
  • Reboot the virtual machine in Bios mode to boot using CD/DVD
  • Click Enter
  • Click Enter to open Gparted software -> Right click and choose Resize/Move
  • Pull all to get the amount you want -> Click Resize/Move
  • Reboot the virtual machine in Bios mode and choose boot by hard disk
  • Check the hard drive capacity has changed as desired with the df -h command

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