Resizing vmdk (VMWare)

We acquired a physical server from another company and one of our techs p2v it without re-sizing the disks. Now we have extra gigs of space that is allocated to the machine that will never be used. The system is for historical reasons so we don't want to use up anymore space on our storage unless we have to. Can it be re size downwards, possibly re cloned with a new size? O/S is Windows 2008 and the servers are ESXi 6.0
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lacayoaTeam Leader Systems EngineerCommented:
Try this: https://www.vmware.com/support/ws5/doc/ws_disk_shrink.html

BUT... If you allocated all the space for your virtual disk at the time you created it, then follow this:

Create a new virtual disk (of the desired size), install a program like Partition Wizard and copy the big disk into the small one.
To move (or copy) to another VM simply copy the vmdk file into the other VM directory and add it.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Can it be re size downwards, possibly re cloned with a new size? O/S is Windows 2008 and the servers are ESXi 6.0

I'm afraid not, this should have been done, with the original P2V, your options now, are to create a V2V (re-P2V) using the virtual server, and shrink the disk, this is the standard method.....or alter the VMDK directly, I've written EE Articles here:-

HOW TO:  Resize a VMware (VMDK) Virtual Disk

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

HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@lacayoa That is for VMware Workstation not VMware vSphere (ESXi 6.0), 5 out of 10 for use of Google!

That reference is 10 years old, as VMware Workstation is now in version 12.0!
stlhostAuthor Commented:
Thanks
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
no problems.
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