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Problem

I had a windows 2003 virtual machine (but this is valid to windows  XP as well) and I wanted to expend its OS drive (but it is valid for every disk drive). I didn’t have one disk which was divided to several partitions. I had several disks which were separated to different partitions.

 Solution

Important Notice: this article does not apply to virtual machines which have snapshots. (In case of snapshots please delete all snapshots first, and take a new snapshot after the change)

  • Power off the virtual machine.
  • Right click virtual machine > Edit Settings > Hard Disk 1 > Changing the size of drive c into the size that you want your drive will expand to (in our example  15GB)

             

  • Upload into the ESX server BartPE – iso file (I am using a software called:  Tunnelier, can be download from: http://www.bitvise.com/download-area)
  • Right click virtual machine > Edit Settings > CD/DVD Drive 1 > Datastore iso file  > the iso file from the previous bullet   > connect at power on
  • Power on the virtual machine
  • Click on GO > Command Prompt
  • Write diskpart + Enter
  • Write list disk (You should see in the column Size the new size which you enter and in the column Free the free space)

             

  • Write list volume (You should see in the column Size the old size)

            

  • Select the volume you need and enter : select volume= VOL_NUM
  • Write: extend (wait for successful message)
  • Go to  > shutdown > shutdown
  • Right click virtual machine > Edit Settings > CD/DVD Drive 1 > Client Device
  • Power on the virtual machine
  • Make sure the disk c is larger than before
  • All Done 🙂

Idit.

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Problem:

 Installing windows 2008 R2 on different drive letter then C:\

I have tried to install Windows 2008 R2 on a different drive letter then C: \ but I realized that it isn’t a simple task as it was in windows 2003. I didn’t find a lot of information about it over the Internet and after I have found the solution, I would like to share it with you.

Solution

Please follow the next steps:

  • Step 1 – Disconnect the network cable from the server which you are going to install windows 2008 R2 (This will prevent windows from activating).
  • Step 2 – Install windows 2008 R2 normally, ** important: write down the DVD-ROM drive letter, we’ll use it later on.
  • Step 3 – After the installation has ended open the registry editor
                   Click start > Run > Regedit
                   Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\
  • Step 4 – Rename the following REG_BINARY name of \DosDevices\C:   to \DosDevices\T:  
                   (It doesn’t have to be T: , you can use any other drive letter )

  • Step 5 – Restart the server
  • Step 6 – After the server is powered on, you will see a blank screen, press Ctrl+Alt+Del  , choose “Start Task Manager” , type explorer and press OK.
  • Step 7 – Click on start and access to your DVD drive, for example: D:\  (Which you have written down in Step 2)
  • Step 8- run Windows 2008 R2 setup again and install it on the drive with the new letter that you have defined earlier. (In step 4)
    • Step 9 – After the installation has ended you would be able to see that the system drive letter is defined with the new drive letter that you have defined 🙂 .

    • Step 10- last step will be to delete the old directory of windows and you are done!!!

    Yaron

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    Problem

    Can’t change in windows 2008 R2 Internet security Options because its Grayed out.

    Solution

    • Go to Server Manager ( My Computer > Manage)
    • Stand on Server Manager
    • Go to Security Information > Configure IE ESC > Turn it off

                

    Fixed.

    Idit.

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