I am following this EE guide:
The goal is to permanently shrink/trim some thinly provisioned vmdk files to free space on the datastores
The overall process is defrag, shrink via disk management in windows, edit the vmdk file, migrate the vm and migrate it back
I've done this on a test server and it worked great, but for this production one (have good backups) i just want to make absolutely sure i edit the vmdk with the correct numbers (so as to not truncate live data)
i've already shrunk the ntfs volume from something like 796gb down to 350gb and see unallocated space, so i know for sure the end of the disk is ok to chop off.
system reserved: 100mb (capacity 104,853,504 (99.9mb))
(29,491,200 (28.1mb) used, 75,362,304 (71.8mb) free)
C: = 341.80gb (capacity = 367,001,595,904) which windows reports as 341gb
(131,696,746,496 used (122gb), 235,304,849,408 (219gb) free)
unallocated: 438.10gb (448619mb)
in the vmdk file, the drive is defined as size: 1635778560 (approximately 780gb)
Based on the linked article above, the way i calculate the new value should be: 734003200 (350gb)
Is that correct, and can you demonstrate that it is so?