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I have a Windows Server 2003 Standard VM with a 1.7TB extended drive. Anyone have any recommendations on shrinking the drive? It is hosted in VMware 4.1 on a SAN, but due to size and license restrictions I can’t wait around for it to be migrated. Out of 1.7TB I’m only utilizing ~300GB.
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i am not sure about the SAN...

check the Acronis products if it helps
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or, use an imaging product Ghost or Clonezilla, to complete a disk to disk clone, to a new virtual machine disk of correct size.

But if you want complete automation, use VMware Converter.
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We are using Easeus Partition Manager for our physical and virtual machines.

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I tried using vCenterConverter Standalone 4.0, but even though I ran the option as "thin provisioned" it copied over 500GB to the new VMDK, then I had to cancel it due to time. Not sure why it copied 500GB to a new VMDK .

What is strange is my VMDK is 1TB in size and shows up as thin provisioned in VMware. In Windows I'm using just 300GB. My NetApp shows i'm using 2TB for this LUN that only contains this server.

Do you think i should try to shrink the drive to a 400GB flat disk instead of converting it to "thin"?

Does vCenterConverter Standalone 5.0 work differently than 4.0?

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5.0 works the same as 4.3.

If you have Snapdrive 6.3, you can use the Space Reclaimation feature, this is why your LUN is using 2TB.

You could move the VM to a new LUN if you have Storage vMotion.

Stick with flat.

SnapDrive 6.3: Support for VMFS and NFS

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Unfortunately, I have iSCSI and not NFS. According to NetApp support SnapDrive doesn't support iSCSI. Thankfully I learned this prior to purchasing SnapDrive.

I don't have storage vMotion in this particular environment.
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VMware Converter then.

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Give ma few days to test out these solutions.
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I would agree with vmware converter.

SnapDrive only works for space reclaimation wiht VMDK files on NFS volumes from what I understand.  From what our Netapp told us we can reclaim space using the Netapp VSC by going to the datastore..stated that it's a VMWare option now and that vSphere 5.0 will do this as well.  Just had the meeting late last week but will try to try it out the next week or so.

This will only reduce the space on the LUN but not the volume so vmware converter is your best bet.

If you just want to reclaim space on a Netapp LUN you could always use storage vmotion but that will not reduce the actual volume size.