I have tried using the converter tool and it gets to 98% and fails. The best way to explain this is with a picture. There is a Windows 2008 R2 guest residing on a virtual disk that is 1.91 TB and the amount of data on this server is about 150 GB. I simply want to reduce the size of the virtual disk to something closer to 500 GB. There is a 1.4 TB unused partition in the Windows guest OS. The C and D volumes are both on the same VD. There has got to be a way to reduce the size of this thing and do away with this huge unused partition. I have Veeam Backup and Replication 8 at my disposal, the VMware converter tool standalone, diskpart, and other command-line Linux tools - it's ESXi 5.5. I would be super thankful if someone can give me some suggestions on how to do this. Seems like I tried restoring a backup and it restores it the same way with the unneeded partition. Tried the converter tool, that seems like the best way to accomplish this but I was doing something wrong. Please see attached... many thanks!
You can basically do it correctly with the vCenter Converter. After you select the part of the Destination Location you will go to the Options now, in there you can basically select which disk you can only migrate together with your virtual machine on the basic settings or you can also go for the Advance settings where you can actually select the capacity of the disk you want only to migrate.