Try using a VMware Convertor to convert source VM to another New - VM.
Please make sure you are selecting the thin provision while using.
This should help you reduce the size of the VMDK if this has unused disk space.
I have tried using VMware Converter but I don't see the thin provision option
In VMware Convertor (skipping the initial)
- after you select "Destination Location" and click "Next"
- You get into "Options" on the right-side you click "Edit" in "Data to copy" section
- There you see Virtual Disk type as "Thick" and "Thin" select "Thin" and make changes to Datastore if required.
- Click "Next" review the conversion parameter and "Finish"
I also attached the print screen hoping it helps
I don't seem to have the option under Type as you do (Thin and Thick). The available types for me are
- Not pre-allocated
- 2GB Split pre-allocated
- 2GB Not pre-allocated
I guessing Not pre-allocated is the same as thin?
what version of VMware converter are you using?
I have tried Not pre-allocated but the space has not been reclaimed
any help please?
can you provide more details: are you using workstation or esxi? version of esxi? converter version? Standalone converter?
I am using VMware stand alone convertor 6.0.0 build -2716716
Alternatively you can also use VMware KB 2014832 or KB 1028042, incase you want to convert the VMDK.
I am using workstation , converter version 4 standalone.
Originally I had a physical PC I converted that to VM with the converter and when doing the conversion I did a thick conversion, so even empty space was added to the vmdk.
I have manged to reclaim the space.
What I did was ,
I installed the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Client on the Guest (windows 7).
I then selected convert Local Machine
I selected a destination location
and then the important part
Under Data to option I selected min size for destination size
and this helped reduce the space.