Expand a VMware Server virtual disk.

You can use the vmware-vdiskmanager tool to expand a VMware Server virtual disk and increase its capacity, like so:

vmware-vdiskmanager -x [size] [vmdk_filename]

Where [size] is the size you want the disk to be, in sectors, Kb, Mb or Gb, and [vmdk_filename] is the full filename of your VM's .vmdk file.

Example, where I increase the size of a Gentoo VM to 2G.

steph@localhost ~ $ vmware-vdiskmanager -x 2Gb /var/lib/vmware/VMs/Gentoo\ 2008\ beta1/Gentoo\ 2008\ beta1.vmdk
Using log file /tmp/vmware-bn/vdiskmanager.log
  Grow: 100% done.
The old geometry C/H/S of the disk is: 512/128/32
Preserving old geometry.
Disk expansion completed successfully.

WARNING: If the virtual disk is partitioned, you must use a third-party
         utility in the virtual machine to expand the size of the
         partitions. For more information, see:

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