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VMWare: Shrink VMDK size of Thick Provisioned Virtual Disk

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I have a Windows 2008R2 500GB VMWare virtual disk I'd like to shrink.  After I reconfigure the VM with the reduced virtual disk size, I do a Shrink Volume in Windows, but how do i get the actual VMDK size to decrease on VMFS?  Keep in mind this is for a thick provisioned virtual disk.
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I would recommend the use of VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5. Create a V2V of the current server, specify new the size of disk, and specify you require a Thin Disk, and then let the conversion process do the work.

see my EE Article, Step by Step Tutorial Instructions with Screenshots

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

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

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