ESXi 5.5 Best practice for partitions in Windows Server 2012

We have an ESXi 5.5 server running a Windows Server 2012. I would like to set it up like our physical servers. We usally have two seperate partitions, C: for System, D: for Data. Right now the VM was created with a 300GB C:. What is the best way to shrink this and add a D: partition?



Download the vmware converter, do a volume based conversion and reduce the disk size on target. This will shrink the C; drive to whatever you can afford to make it. I'd recommend leaving at least 30-40 % free for Windows 2012. Then, add a new disk to the newly converted vm.



Download the vmware converter, do a volume based conversion and reduce the disk size on target. This will shrink the C; drive to whatever you can afford to make it. I'd recommend leaving at least 30-40 % free for Windows 2012. Then, add a new disk to the newly converted vm.



The answer is do not use Partitions, it's very old fashioned, and of no use...

Just think about it, if you create a D: partition after your C: partition, and you want to extend the C: drive, how do you do it?

It's not impossible, but awkward.

Always use disks, so just add another virtual disk, e.g. D: for Data.

As for shrinking your C: drive, it's always easier to start small, and grow your VMware disks, because it's a little time consuming to shrink them....

My EE Articles, which are step by step tutorials, with screenshots, show you how to do this using "VMware Converter".

HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2

HOW TO: P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5.3 - Shellshock "BASH" Fix included in this version

if you are feeling adventurous, and for the advanced

HOW TO: Shrink a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) in 15 minutes







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