Solved

Reduce available hard drive space after having already provisioned it?

Posted on 2014-04-21
2
670 Views
Last Modified: 2014-04-21
The following is a scenario...

Say that I have already provisioned a VMware based virtual server to have 250 GB of a physical host's total 500 GB hard drive space.  And that this server has been used for a few months, but has not had its actual hard drive capacity (windows visible) used beyond 70gb.

I would like to move this VM to a server that has more RAM and compute, but that only has 220 GB of physical hard drive space left.  Is it possible to edit the virtual machine settings to reduce its hard drive capacity from 250 to say 160 GB, so that it can be accommodated by the new host I would like to move it to?

Or is it not possible to reduce virtual hard drives after the fact?

thanks
0
Comment
Question by:CnicNV
2 Comments
 
LVL 25

Assisted Solution

by:Zephyr ICT
Zephyr ICT earned 50 total points
ID: 40013185
Hi,

It's possible yes, it's not really always "fast" process though...

Our very own Andrew Hancock has a few articles that might help.

This one: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_10302-HOW-TO-Resize-a-Virtual-Disk-Partition-after-Virtual-Disk-Expansion.html

Or a more recent article from Andrew might help as well, it's a faster way to do it: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_12938-HOW-TO-Shrink-a-VMware-Virtual-Machine-Disk-VMDK-in-15-minutes.html
0
 
LVL 117

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 200 total points
ID: 40013221
There is not really a method of reducing a virtual hard disk from the vSphere Client GUI, it's often better advised to start small and grow, because shrinking is complicated.

either use my EE Articles as posted in http:#a40013185, or the other only supported method is to use a V2V using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

whichever method you use make sure you have a FULL BACKUP, before you start any disk or partition change. (not a snapshot!)

see my other EE Articles

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5
0

Featured Post

Threat Intelligence Starter Resources

Integrating threat intelligence can be challenging, and not all companies are ready. These resources can help you build awareness and prepare for defense.

Join & Write a Comment

VM backup deduplication is a method of reducing the amount of storage space needed to save VM backups. In most organizations, VMs contain many duplicate copies of data, such as VMs deployed from the same template, VMs with the same OS, or VMs that h…
Veeam Backup & Replication has added a new integration – Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365.  In this blog, we will discuss how you can benefit from Office 365 email backup with the Veeam’s new product and try to shed some light on the needs and …
Teach the user how to configure vSphere Replication and how to protect and recover VMs Open vSphere Web Client: Verify vsphere Replication is enabled: Enable vSphere Replication for a virtual machine: Verify replicated VM is created: Recover replica…
Advanced tutorial on how to run the esxtop command to capture a batch file in csv format in order to export the file and use it for performance analysis. He demonstrates how to download the file using a vSphere web client (or vSphere client) and exp…

705 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

19 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now