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I've got ESXi on my server and have couple of Guests on it. I have increased HD size of one the guests but when I boot into that guest - Win Server 2003 - it is not reflected. I know why. I need to boot that guest with gParted to re-size the partition. How do I do that if I connect to my ESXi with VMWare Infrastructure Client?

I have tried the following:

  • Properties of the Guest

  • CD/DVD Drive linked ISO of gParted with Devices Status Connected and Connect at power on checked off

but my Guest does not boot into gParted it just goes to Win Server 2003.

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If you attached the GParted ISO as shown in the image below

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and it didn't boot, you may need to change the boot order in the VM BIOS. The easiest way to get to the BIOS is to go to edit settings, select the "Options" tab, then highlight "BIOS Options". Check the box under "Force BIOS setup".

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Once you're in BIOS, it's just like a normal PC, edit the boot devices and make sure the CD drive has priority over the hard disk.

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You mount the CD from either local ISO or from ISO image uploaded to ESXi( in vm preferences / cd-rom device)

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The menu shown by Jim G is not showing on my 2015 VMware player.

I recently tried to boot from CD instead of HDD, I loaded an ISO and from HDD/CD "advanced" menu I set the order so CD is 0:1 and HDD was 1:0 but that didn't do the trick.

It kept booting from HDD, then I noticed the message press F2 to enter setup while booting, I was able to enter a bios system and set it to boot from CD there.

So look for a message like Press key X to enter bios.

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VMWare Infrastructure Client and VMWare Player will have different options. You would usually download the Infrastructure Client by accessing your ESX Server and click on the link as shown HERE – Darius Aug 18 '15 at 15:53

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