How to resize partition Windows 2008 Server (r2)

It is a troublesome issue for many people to resize partition in Windows 2008 Server, especially Server 2008 R2, because it is first 64-bit only Windows Server edition. In this article, I want to share some experience resizing Windows 2008 disk partitions. When talking about resizing partition on Windows 2008 Server (r2), many people ask the same questions: Is it safe to resize Windows 2008 partitions? Any differences in Server 2008 R2? Is it required to break array when reszing raid virtual partitions? What to do if the Windows Server 2008 is in VMware or Hyper-V virtual machine? How to resize partitions in Windows 2008 Server, install or via boot disc? Take it easy, after reading this article, you'll know the answers and how easy it is to resize disk partitions in Win 2K8. About question 1: Unlike the read-only programs, to change partition size, the partitioning software should modify … Continue reading






How to resize SBS 2008 system partition?

Yesterday I wrote an article about how to resize server 2008 partition, some people ask me if the tool and steps fit for SBS 2008, so I want to explain how to resize SBS 2008 partitions, or rather, resize sbs 2008 system partitions. Here I don't want to waste time talking about what SBS is, the editions or features, in one word, Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 provides less features and connections comparing with Windows Server 2008 (R2), but File System and the way managing disk partitions keep the same. After opening SBS 2008 Disk Management you'll find there is no difference. Two points when resizing SBS 2008 partitions Firstly, pay attention to server data safety, because this is most important for a server, so select an reliable partitioning software and backup your system and files. Secondly, I always suggest opening disk management to check out disk partition layout … Continue reading






How to resize Server 2008 partitions with ease?

It is indeed a headache for most of the server administrators to resize server 2008 partitions, especially for Windows Server 2008 R2, as it is 64-bit. Many people ask me if there is an easy and safe way resizing server 2008 volumes without starting from scratch, so in this article, I want to give some hints and try to cover overall disk configurations. Easy-to-use isn't chief reason when you select a partition resizing utility, but data protecting ability, because to a server data is most important. An unreliable partition software is very likely to cause system failure or losing data, in that case, things become worse. Here I recommend a partition magic server software – Partition Assistant, which is similar with Norton Partition Magic. Partition Assistant is not only reliable itself with built-in unique data protecting technology, but also integrates Disk/partition Copy Wizard to backup or migrate data, Partition Recovery … Continue reading






Partition Magic software for Server 2008 and R2

Better than Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 added shrink and extend volume feature, which can be used to change partition size online, however, you still cannot extend system C: drive by shrinking D, so 3rd party partition software is better choice to resize Server 2008 partitions. When talking about resizing partitions, many people know the famous partitioning utility – Norton Partition Magic. Yes, this is a great program that is able to resize partitions without losing data. Norton Partition Magic for Server 2008? Partition Magic is first released by PowerQuest and then the ownership was transferred to Symantec. It seems that Symantec just want to get the technology of backup and recovery, so it doesn't provide a updated Partition Magic for Server 2008 or 2003. In technical forums, many people feedback partition magic cannot be installed in Windows Server. Just forget Partition Magic, because it isn't compatible with Windows … Continue reading






How to resize raid 5 partitions

Several days ago I wrote an article about how to resize raid1 partition, many people ask me what about RAID 5, how to resize raid 5 virtual partitions, so today I want to talk about reszing raid5 partitions. In fact, it is similar to resize raid 5 and raid 1 virtual drives. Please note, raid 5 here is hardware raid 5. Most important step when resizing raid5 partition The reason why people think it is hard to resize a raid 5 partition is because they don't know whether it is required to break the raid array, resize partitions directly or work with raid controller. When resizing raid 5 partitions, don't break the raid array, open the disk management and find out the disk partition layout. From the screen shot of my test server, there are 2 disks. Actually, Disk 0 is a raid 1 array and Disk 1 is a … Continue reading