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  • 2008 (non R2) system volume increase...dynamic vs basic

    I have the steps below to increase the system volume on a 2008 (non R2) vm. Can anyone think of reason that it is NOT ok to leave the disk as dynamic. I have added space on several 2008 and 2008R2 volume's and have always left the volume as Dynamic. I don't believe keeping a system volume running in Dynamic for the long term is an issue. Plus once you convert to Dynamic, i do not believe you can go back.

    1. Run diskmgmt.msc in vm
    2. Right click system volume and do “Convert to Dynamic Disk”
    3. Shut down vm
    4. Resize in vsphere and Apply
    5. Power vm back on
    6. Run diskmgmt.msc
    7. Right click system volume and select extend
    8. Restart vm

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    Re: 2008 (non R2) system volume increase...dynamic vs basic

    I have had no issues with dynamic disks for some time, and would have to make a case NOT to have them.

    As you say, conversion TO dynamic is easy and non-destructive. Conversion back to basic is also easy, but since it involves deleting all volumes on the disk, it has some side effects

    So basically, convert, extend, and leave it as dynamic!
    Tom Jones
    MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
    PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
    IT Trainer / Consultant
    Ossian Ltd
    Scotland

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