shrinking vmware store

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I use various vmware clients on a server (nas)  (qnap)
while  creating a sbs2008 server on the nas  I never realized or thought about placing the data files on a separate volume on the nas. now they are on the vmware engine included.

Result is that its hard to backup the full vmware client due to its added size by the data files

Question is  , if i copy datafiles to a other volume on the nas and delete the datafiles on the  vmware,  will the size of the store shrink equal to deleted files?
Or nothing to gain in size , so just reinstalll server again from scratch (day work allmost)
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Rather than re-installing your SBS2008 Server, why not use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 to create a Virtual to Virtual "Conversion/Copy" and then  using the Wizards in VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0  you can reduce the partition and virtual hard disk size in the same procedure and process.
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Sounds nice and easy,.
I use vmware ESXi   version 4.1.0 will this advise work on this version?
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Yes, it will work on ESXi 4.1.

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GREAT! will start on this advice
have a nice weekend
regards Jack

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