sergejk
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convert vmware server vmdk to esx server 3.5 vmdk -> file too big

Hi there!
I managed to convert vmdk file created with VMware Server to ESX Server 3.5.
Before conversion the file was 4GB after conversion it was near 10GB .... is this normal?
Is there a way to shrink it to "normal" size like it was before?
Tools i'am using: VMware Converter 3.0.2u1 build-62456
Brgds,
Sergej
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RParker
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This is normal. VM Ware server by default is set to grow files until they reach a limit. ESX (for performance reasons) sets the file size to the maximum size up front, so the files don't grow over time.

You don't want files growing in ESX, this defeats the purpose and will kill your performance. You can set converter to resize the file, and set your maximum accordingly, but 10G is a good size to start with.

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sergejk
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Hi!
How can i set converter to resize the file?
Brgds,
Sergej
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