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We have two Exchange 2010 mailbox servers set up in a DAG. They are virtualized using VMware ESX 4.1. They are each configured with three drives, one for system, one for mail DB, and one for logs.

We over provisioned the storage on our Exchange 2010 servers and we want to shrink the drive for logs. However, my research says there is no way to shrink the drive aside from doing a V2V import of the server (if someone knows a way to shrink the drive, please let me know!!!).

Has anyone done an actual V2V on an Exchange 2010 DAG member? If so, how did it go? Any caveats?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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There is another method, other than V2V, see my EE Article

HOW TO: Shrink a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) in 15 minutes

We've also done V2V on Exchange 2010 DAG Member.
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by:donohoe1
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Have you performed your shrink procedure on an Exchange 2010 server? How did it go? That procedure is quite ingenious by the way.

How did your V2V on the DAG member go?
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The Shrink procedure works on any VM, or OS, we've done it on many times of VMs, including Exchange.

We've also V2V many different OS, including Exchange DAG, all work well.

(do it when it's quiet!)

But look at the Shrink method, it's quick!
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by:donohoe1
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I'm already setting up a VM to test the shrink method with. Assuming no road bumps, I'll bring up our Exchange environment in our test lab and give it a try there.

It seems there is less to go using your method.
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Shrink method is very quick, make sure you understand, and always have a backup, before modifying partitions and disks.

Once you get you head around the calculations, it takes minutes to do!
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Does the shrink method work with ESX 4.1 as well?
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any vmdk.

any host.
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