Update: Please, also check out my first impressions about VMware Converter 3.0 final.
Some weeks ago, I published an article where I explained how to expand a virtual VMware disk. The whole procedure is quite complicated and time consuming. However, with VMware Converter 3, it is now much easier to enlarge a virtual disk.
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The main purpose of VMware Converter is to convert physical machines to virtual machines. Moreover, you can use it to expand virtual disks. I tried this feature today with a VMware Workstation virtual machine and was quite satisfied with the result.
My virtual test server was a Windows Server 2003 SP1 machine with two virtual disks, both with 4 GB of disk space. I selected "standalone virtual machine" as the source and destination system in the VMware Converter wizard. To expand the size of the virtual disks, I chose "Select volumes and resize to save or add space." This allowed me to change the size of each volume separately. I set the disk space of both volumes to 50 GB.
The whole conversion process took about 75 minutes, which is quite long considering that VMware Converter was running on a relatively new server. The source and destination machines were both on the same physical server.
The new virtual machine booted up without problems. As expected, both volumes were enlarged. However, I had a problem with the VMware tools. They were still installed, but the mouse pointer was quite jerky, which happens if you access a virtual machine remotely without VMware tools installed. I reinstalled them and everything worked fine afterward.
I then tried to convert a running virtual machine, but VMware Converter informed me that I had to shut down this machine first. It seems that VMware Converter doesn't support hot cloning of virtual machines. Therefore, I am not sure if you can use the Starter Edition to expand virtual disks since only the Enterprise Edition supports cold cloning.
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You can at least use the beta for this purpose. So, if your have some virtual machines where you want to resize the disks, I suggest you do this now.