Environment = Vcenter Version 184.108.40.20600 Build 10244845
ESXi, 6.5.0, 7967591
I shrank a flat-vmdk on a vm and now, vcenter wont let me power on or storage migrate the VM.
I followed this guide - https://virtualman.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/shrink-a-vmware-virtual-machine-disk-vmdk/
(I should never done it! Big mistake) The guide seemed so straight forward and I did not think anything would happen.
Error I get when I try to Storage Migrate the VM:
Error I get when I try to power on the VM:
Let me explain exactly what happen which may help you figuring out a solution:
1.)I Powered off the VM because memory hot add was not enabled and I needed to increase the RAM from 32gb to 228gb total.
When I went to increase the ram I mistakenly increased the Hard Disk from 80GB to 228GB and clicked ok!!!
With the VM still powered off, I decided to try and shrink the flat-vmdk following that above guide.
I followed the ONLY portion of the guide which shows how to edit the .vmdk descriptor file.
Keep in mind the VM was powered off the entire time. So I skipped the first portion of that guide about shrinking the disk from Windows OS.
I followed this guide exactly and successfully changed the flat-vmdk to show 80GB :) But now I get those errors when trying either power on the VM or storage migrate it!!