How to extend a Ravada Windows guest’s disk space

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Use truncate only for raw image files. For qcow2 files, use qemu-img

Expanding a Windows 10 guest

Here we will show how to expand the system partition of a Windows 10 host by 10 GB.

First, retrieve the path to the hard drive file that you want to resize. For a VM named Windows10Slim, we would do the following:

virsh dumpxml Windows10Slim

Here is our image file:

<source file='/var/lib/libvirt/images-celerra1/Windows10Slim-vda-UrQ2.img'/>

As we want to expand a certain partition, the system one, we must find it first

virt-filesystems --long --parts --blkdevs -h -a /var/lib/libvirt/images-celerra1/Windows10Slim-vda-UrQ2.img

The output will look like this:

Name       Type       MBR  Size  Parent
/dev/sda1  partition  -    500M  /dev/sda
/dev/sda2  partition  07   20G   /dev/sda
/dev/sda   device     -    20G   -

And that means we are going to resize /dev/sda2 in this example.

Use qemu-img to create a new qcow2 hard drive file. As we want to add 10 GB, the resulting disk will be a 30 GB file

qemu-img create -f qcow2 -o preallocation=metadata /var/lib/libvirt/images.2/Windows10Slim-vda-UrQ3.img 30G

Now virt-resize will expand the image into the new file

virt-resize --expand /dev/sda2 /var/lib/libvirt/images-celerra1/Windows10Slim-vda-UrQ2.img /var/lib/libvirt/images.2/Windows10Slim-vda-UrQ3.img

With virsh we can point the VM to use the newly created image

virsh edit Windows10Slim

Finally, fix permissions

chown libvirt-qemu:kvm /var/lib/libvirt/images.2/Windows10Slim-vda-UrQ3.img
chmod 600 /var/lib/libvirt/images.2/Windows10Slim-vda-UrQ3.img