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TomKalabis
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Shrink virtual disk

Hi Guys,

my customer have file server with 2 hdds. First hdd is for operating system (ws2k8 r2) and second hdd is for data sharing. First hdd has 100 GB and thin provisoring. Second has 2000 GB and thick provisoring, but free space is about 1100 GB. Its possible shring disk to capacity about 1000 GB ? Because i have to move fileserver from server with integrated storage to new R 730xd with integrated storage, and if i shrink disk = save time Smiley Happy

thx for answers.

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a_p_
Leadership
Leadership

In order to shrink the virtual disk you need to use a toll like VMware Converter. Since you are going to migrate the VM anyway, this may be a good time to do so. Make sure you select the advanced option in the Converter's Disk options to be able to specify the target virtual disk size.

André

linotelera
Hot Shot
Hot Shot

Could you give more informations about the underline virtual infrastructure.

With storage vMotion or Storage Cold Migration it is possible to change vmdk from thick to thin...

There is an interesting KB about vmdk management... read here : http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=100201...

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Shezy
Contributor
Contributor

as a.p. mentioned before.. using VMware Converter to Shrink/re-size vmdks is the best option.

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linotelera
Hot Shot
Hot Shot

Ok.. it is good practice to mark his post as correct answer 😉

Regards

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