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unused partition on system virtual disk - ESXi v4.1 - Windows 2008

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My ESXi v4.1 host has a guest VM running Windows 2008 64bit.  It seems when I provisioned the first virtual disk I made it 200 GBs thin and only allocated 100 GBs.  So, when viewing the partition in computer management it shows 100 GBs unpartitioned.  Now, I would like to free up this space to later allocate to a different VM.  Now,  since this is a thin disk couldn't I simply shrink it to 100 GBs via the vSphere client and then it would remove from computer management automatically?  I know this would probably cause an issue on a windows 2003 server but I thought maybe I could away with this since it's 2008.  

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Unfortunately, no, the vSphere Client does not support "shrink".

The only supported method, is to create a V2V using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

see my EE Articles,


HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1
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okay...  I guess I could always use this partition in the future...  It's just currently 100 GBs being wasted... I can live it with though.

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