Resize virtual disk in VMware on a Linux guest OS

Increasing the size of the vmdk file (or virtual disk) in vmware can be achieved using the vsphere client or the esxi command vmkfstools.
For example:

root@esxihost# vmkfstools -X newSize [kK|mM|gG] /path/to/disk.vmdk

For Vmware Workstation use this command. For example:

#  vmware-vdiskmanager -x 36GB myDisk.vmdk

The next steps are to rescan the bus for the new size to be recognized by the guest OS and resize the filesystem.

In my example I increased the size of sdb from 10G to 16G. The scsi address is 1.
Rescan the disk:

# echo 1 > /sys/class/scsi_disk/0\:0\:1\:0/device/rescan 
# dmesg
[  310.413691] sd 0:0:1:0: [sdb] Cache data unavailable
[  310.413695] sd 0:0:1:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through

# fdisk -l /dev/sdb

Disk /dev/sdb: 16.1 GB, 16106127360 bytes, 31457280 sectors

SDB contains one partition that I need to increase to use the whole space on the disk. (a safer way is to create a new partition if using LVM and just resize the PV)
df shows my sdb disk has one partition which is 10G in size.

# df -h
/dev/sdb1             10G   36M   10G   1% /mnt

Steps to resize the partition:
1. Unmount the partition
2. delete partition 1 (using fdisk, option 'd')
3. save changes to disk (option 'w')
4. create a new partition on sdb with the new size (option 'n')
5. save changes to disk (option 'w')

Now I need to resize the filesystem. As this is a xfs filesystem I'm doing:

# xfs_growfs /export/sdb1/

meta-data=/dev/sdb1             isize=512    agcount=4, agsize=655296 blks
                       =                       sectsz=512   attr=2, projid32bit=1
                       =                       crc=0
data                =                       bsize=4096   blocks=2621184, imaxpct=25
                       =                       sunit=0      swidth=0 blks
naming           =version 2         bsize=4096   ascii-ci=0 ftype=0
log                  =internal            bsize=4096   blocks=2560, version=2
                       =                        sectsz=512   sunit=0 blks, lazy-count=1
realtime          =none                extsz=4096   blocks=0, rtextents=0
data blocks changed from 2621184 to 3931904

# df -h
/dev/sdb1             15G   36M   15G   1% /mnt