Jan 272008
 

Although unsure about the reasons why this happened, I’m reporting this since it might be useful in future.

Situation: have a working small (6 MB) Linux Live CD with kernel 2.6.8-1 running in VMWare workstation, defined as Linux 2.2.x Kernel guest OS.

Tried same in VMWare Free Server 2.0 Beta defining guest OS as Other Linux 32 bit and I got a kernel panic with following screenshot:

Panic

Apparently the reason was that VM OS needed to be defined as “Other 32 bit” guest OS… at least this solved the issue to me.

Dec 282007
 

Regardless of VMWare Version you’re using, you should have the command line tool

vmware-vdiskmanager

This useful command line tool can be used for many operations (vmware-vdiskmanager --help) including expanding a Virtual Disk without losing data contained.

The syntax for expanding is:

vmware-vdiskmanager -x 36Gb virtual_disk_name.vmdk

If you have partitions within the disk, remember that the tool expands just the size of the disk, NOT the size of the partition; if you need to expand the partition size, please use some third party tools (more info here).

If you have ESX/ESXi…

The following vmkfstools command can be used to extend a virtual disk file to the new specified length:
vmkfstools [-X | --extendfile] #[gGmMkK]

For ESX/ESXi 4.1 and 5.0 :
vmkfstools [-X | --extendvirtualdisk] # [gGmMkK]

Caution: This operation makes fundamental, irreversible changes to the virtual machine’s disk. VMware strongly recommends making a complete backup of this virtual machine before attempting this operation.
Warning: In current versions of ESX/ESXi 2.5, 3.x, 4.x, and ESXi 5.x, do not extend a disk that has snapshots. Commit or discard snapshots before increasing the size of the virtual disk. Extending the size of a virtual disk that has snapshots invalidates the snapshots.