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How to increase Virtual Machine disk space on a XenServer via XenCenter?

I thought to post this simple task, because I came across to teach it for a fresh Citrix admin how to do it.

This is a simple task via GUI, but not so automatic as in e.g. VMware vCenter. Basically, you have to finish expand new size of disk via Windows Disk Management. Before you begin you should always take a snapshot of your virtual machine.

Applicable products: Windows Server 2008 R2, XenCenter 6.2

 

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1. Shutdown virtual machine

2. Take a snapshot

3. In XenCenter choose virtual machine which disk need to be increased -> Storage -> Properties -> Size and location

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4. Set new size of disk

5. Start virtual machine

6. Log in and choose Computer -> Right click -> Choose Manage -> Disk Management -> Storage

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7. Right click on the disk you want to extend, and select Extend

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8. Click Next

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9. Click Next

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10. Click Finish

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11. And you’re done!

 

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Jani Kohonen is an author of janikohonen.com and working as a Citrix Consultant and Architect with 17 years of experience in the IT industry. Jani’s been working in the IT industry since 1997 and with Citrix technologies since 2001. He holds several years experience with Microsoft, Citrix, Apple, HP and VMware vendors as well as Server, Application and Desktop virtualization and Mobile technologies. He has done dozens of virtualization design and implementation projects from Small Business to the large global enterprise customers and complex environments. Jani is a Citrix, Microsoft, Apple and ITIL certified specialist. Certifications: MCP, MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, HP ASP, HP ASC, HP CSA, HP AIS, HP ASE, VCSP, CCSP, CCA, CCAA, CCEA, CCEE, CCIA, CCP-M, CCE-V, APP, ACA, ACSP, ACTC, ITIL.

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