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How to shrink a vmare ESXI machine vmdk file

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I am new to using ESXI.   I have a virtual machine that has a vmdk file that is 30 gigs, yet the machine itself is only 20 gigs.  Of the 20 gigs, I am using only 14Gigs.

I want to be able to create a new vm that uses only 15 or 20 gigs of disk, and import this one, or shrink the vmdk file to the 20 gig size it should be.

[root@vs5 ~]# df -h
  Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
  /dev/sda3              19G   14G  3.9G  78% /
  /dev/sda1             896M   23M  828M   3% /boot
  none                  1.1G     0  1.1G   0% /dev/shm

I am comfortable, but not expert, at working from the "unsupported" virtual host command prompt.

Can someone tell me what to do?
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