We have a Filemaker 15 server on a Windows server 2012 dedicated virtual machine. We need to increase the size of the local drive. Is it possible to do it without stopping the Filemaker server?
This will probably depend on what your VM is built on. Normally this is possible, the additional disk space is made available and then you need to go into Computer Management in Windows Administrative Tools and allocate the additional storage in Disk Management.
Normally without any restart or interruption to services, but again, VM platform dependent.
Andy is correct on the issue of what the VM is built on and it is normally possible. There are are however a few things to keep in mind. If you have a snapshot you will be prevented to expand the disk. Delete the snapshot first. If you have a iSCSI connection to a storage device the provisioning happens on the storage box. There might also be an issue depending if this is a thin or thick provisioned disk.
I would look at the way the server is configured. Do you have the backups and databases on the same volume? If so you might benefit from adding a disk and move your backups, essentially freeing up space on the database disk.
Thank you so much Andy and Aknudsen. I will discuss this with our system admin. May be it is safest to stop the Filemaker service during a weekend.
Sounds like the safest option
Hope it goes well.
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