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How to shrink space on a Virtual Machine's hard drive?

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Hello:

We are using VMware 5.5 update 2.  We have 3 ESXi hosts that have local storage.  There are a couple of Virtual servers that have hard drives that are too large and I would rather allocate the space elsewhere.

My questions are:

1.  How can I take for example, the E: Drive (data drive) of a VM that is 160 GB large and shrink it to 110 GB large?

2.  Is it the same procedure as in 'extending volume' except that i must 'Shrink volume'.
        a.  If no, then how may I shrink the volume?

Please see the attached word document explaining how I have added more space(extended the volume) to some drives using the VMware Web Interface.  I do not have a test VM to try it on; hence, I wanted to ask.

I am working with Windows 2008 R2 servers.
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