Posts Tagged ‘Windows Server’

If you’re running out of space on a Windows Server 2003 instance in VMware you do have a workaround to expand your system partition. This will require gparted which is standard on Knoppix so I would suggest you grab a copy of Knoppix and burn that to a CD first. Now I will detail the steps required since this is really easy:

  1. Power off the VM
  2. Right click your VM in vSphere client – Edit Settings
  3. Select the Hard Disk that contains the VMDK file for your system drive
  4. Increase size to whatever you want (or is available)
  5. Open the Console to the VM
  6. Power on the VM but quickly mount your local host CD/DVD drive to boot to Knoppix
  7. Once Knoppix is booted open a terminal and type in: sudo gparted
  8. Select the drive you want to expand by right clicking and select “Resize”
  9. You can resize by typing in the desired size or dragging the vertical bar over to desired size
  10. Continue through the menu and when done press APPLY at the top and gparted will do the work
  11. Once complete, reboot the system and remove the Knoppix CD and unmount the CD drive from within vmware
  13. Windows will probably want to reboot when you login, please do so and after this you’ll see your newly sized system partition

This is supposed to “speed up” wireless client access to a network. WINDOWS DHCP FAIL! What this seems to cause is a massive headache for network and system administrators. Windows clients can forever store and cache the information from an associated SSID. Lets say a laptop hasn’t been on your network for 6 months and you just so happens you have a reservation of some sorts on the network or you changed the scope range, the wireless client will send along a DHCP proposal to get the same address it had that first time it was on there. This, as you can see, will cause headaches for you. Microsoft wants you to believe this “saves time” but in reality just how fast is the DORA process for DHCP? Typically so fast most people don’t care. Here is how you turn off Windows DHCP Network Hints: