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    Hi

    I use Workstation 10.x installed on Windows 7 SP1.

    I created some VMs with many snapshots.

    Now, I need to resize their hard disk maintaining their snapshots.

    So, how do I do this?

    Thanks

    Bye
    balubeto

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    Re: [WS10.x] Resizing the hard disk of the VMs with their snapshots

    It would appear that this cannot be done when there are snapshots. Further information is available from a quick search

    A possible solution, assuming you are running some version of Windows as the guest operating system, is to use Mount Points to mount an additional VHD into an empty folder on the (snapshotted) main drive
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: [WS10.x] Resizing the hard disk of the VMs with their snapshots

      Originally posted by Ossian View Post
      It would appear that this cannot be done when there are snapshots. Further information is available from a quick search

      A possible solution, assuming you are running some version of Windows as the guest operating system, is to use Mount Points to mount an additional VHD into an empty folder on the (snapshotted) main drive
      Could you explain better this trick?

      Thanks

      Bye
      balubeto

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      • #4
        Re: [WS10.x] Resizing the hard disk of the VMs with their snapshots

        Originally posted by balubeto View Post
        Could you explain better this trick?

        Thanks

        Bye
        You go to www.google.com
        Type in a search phrase e.g. "Mount Point"
        Click the Search button
        Review the results
        Click on ones that look interesting

        To save the first 3 steps, this link may help:
        https://www.google.com/search?q=moun...oe=&gws_rd=ssl
        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

        ** Remember to give credit where credit is due and leave reputation points where appropriate **

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        • #5
          Re: [WS10.x] Resizing the hard disk of the VMs with their snapshots

          Originally posted by balubeto View Post
          Hi

          I use Workstation 10.x installed on Windows 7 SP1.

          I created some VMs with many snapshots.

          Now, I need to resize their hard disk maintaining their snapshots.

          So, how do I do this?

          Thanks

          Bye
          Why do you need to maintain the snapshots??

          Snaps are not a backup!!!

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          • #6
            Re: [WS10.x] Resizing the hard disk of the VMs with their snapshots

            Originally posted by wullieb1 View Post
            Why do you need to maintain the snapshots??

            Snaps are not a backup!!!
            Also, to add to Wullie, they degrade performance. They are for testing and for temporary rollback failsafe (now that you can merge them on the fly).

            You could do this to preserver your snapshots:
            - Export the VM
            - Create a new VM from the exported VHD files
            - resize the VHDs on the new VM

            You now have a clone of the existing VM with resized disks plus your original VM with all it's snapshots.There's a lot of disk usage overhead when doing this but I think that's your only path if you want to preserve the snapshots.
            Regards,
            Jeremy

            Network Consultant/Engineer
            Baltimore - Washington area and beyond
            www.gma-cpa.com

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