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v2v conversion using vCenter Converter Standalone - Question about changing disk provision type

Posted on 2014-03-13
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Hi all,

I have a file/user profile server with large (650GB) Thick provisioned Lazy Zeroed disk.

I need to shrink this to 250GB and plan to use the v2v method using vCentre Converter Standalone which I have done on a few occasions in the past.

However, I would also like to change the drive to Thin Provisioned at the same time.

Is this easy to do at the same time I change the disk size?

I have run through the wizard on another VM (without executing) and see that if I go into the 'advanced' options > Destination Layout I have an option to change between Thin/Thick (see below):

thick / thin disk type
However, I am just a bit worried about using this option as I have always just used the basic wizard.  Do I need to worry about the cluster size?
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Yes, V2V is right away to do and you are doing it correctly.

You just simply change the Destination Layout to Thin as shown in your screenshot.  You just need to make sure that the Destination datastore has the space to hold the VM.

Hope this help.
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by:fieldj
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It does.  Thank you.  So there is definitely nothing else to consider when changing from thick to thin?
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Yes. The only thing I can add is when you use V2V to shrink the disk, it will just take a slightly longer because it will use File Level to copy the disk to the destination disk.

Hope this help.
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Perfect reassurance - thank you
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