If you run out of disk space, you can increase the size of the disk. You can change the virtual device node and the persistence mode of virtual disk configuration of a virtual machine.

Before you begin

Power off the virtual machine.

Verify that you have the following privileges:

  • Virtual machine > Configuration > Modify device settings on the virtual machine.

  • Virtual machine > Configuration > Extend virtual disk on the virtual machine.

  • Datastore > Allocate space on the datastore.

Procedure

  1. Click Virtual Machines in the VMware Host Client inventory.
  2. Right-click a virtual machine in the list and select Edit settings from the pop-up menu.
  3. On the Virtual Hardware tab, expand the hard disk to view all disk options.
  4. (Optional) : To change the size of the disk, enter a new value in the text box and select the units from the drop-down menu.
  5. (Optional) : To change the way that disks are affected by snapshots, select a disk mode from the Disk Mode drop-down menu.

    Option

    Description

    Dependent

    Dependent disks are included in snapshots.

    Independent-Persistent

    Disks in persistent mode behave like conventional disks on your physical computer. All data written to a disk in persistent mode are written permanently to the disk.

    Independent-Nonpersistent

    Changes to disks in nonpersistent mode are discarded when you turn off or reset the virtual machine. With nonpersistent mode, you can restart the virtual machine with a virtual disk in the same state every time. Changes to the disk are written to and read from a redo log file that is deleted when you turn off or reset the virtual machine.

  6. Click Save.