Windows Server 2016: Switch from Server Core to Desktop Experience

I tried to install Windows Server 2016, I got the dialog that ask me to select the operating system that I would like to install as shown below:

Windows Server 2016 without desktop experience

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Actually, I have confused which option should I use

  • Windows Server 2016 Standard or,
  • Windows Server 2016 Standard (Desktop Experience).
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Windows Server 2016: Expand Virtual Machine Hard Disk & Extend the Operating System Drive

Introduction

In this article, We will explain How to Expand Virtual Machine Hard Disk & Extend the Operating System Drive in Windows Server?


Scenario

We have a Windows Server 2016 Virtual Machine, We want to extend the Operating System Drive, so we do the following:

  • Expand Virtual Machine Hard Disk.
    • Open Vmware Workstation > Open the Virtual Machine.
    • From the left side > Click on “Edit Virtual Machine settings”.
    • At “Hardware” Tab > Click on “Hard Disk”.
    • Below “Disk Utilities” > Click on “Expand” button > Set the required extended size.
    • Now you must repartition the disk and expand the file systems from within the guest operating system.
 Important
The disk was successfully expanded. You must repartition the disk and expand the file systems from within the guest operating system.

  • Extend Hard Disk in Disk Management. 
    • Run Virtual Machine.
    • Open Server Manager > File and Storage Services.
    • Navigate to Disks >Right click on C:\ Drive > Select Extend Volume.
    • The Extend dialog will be shown to set the New size.
    • Set the New size > Click OK.
    • You will get “Extend failed” status.

    • Click on Extend failed to check the error details, you will get the below error:
 Error
Error extending volume: Size Not Supported.


We also tried to repartition the hard disk through Computer Management but unfortunately, The Extend option is disabled.


Cause

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Error extending volume: Size Not Supported, During extending Operating System partition In Windows Server 2012

In this article, I will solve the below Windows Server Issue

Error extending volume: Size Not Supported


Scenario

When I tried to Extend Volume for a specific drive in Windows Server 2012 R2 by opening

  • Server Manager > File and Storage Services.

Open server manager - file and storage services

  • Navigate to Disks > (I have unallocated free space (19.5GB)).
  • Right click on C Drive > Select Extend volume.

Expand Volume from server manager in windows server

  • The following dialog will be shown to set New size.

extend volume in windows server

  • When I set the New size and clicked OK, I got “Extend failed” as shown below:

extend failed in windows server

  • I clicked on Extend failed to find out the reason, I got

Error extending volume: Size Not Supported

Error extending volume: Size Not Supported


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