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How to move/compact a virtual machine to another ESXi server?

Dima Iva
Dima Iva asked

We have a virtual machine that sits in on an ESXi 5.5 development server, runs Scientific Linux 7 and is provisioned for 800 GB of space.  We want to move it to a production server, but since it is only using less than 50 GB of space, we would love to provision it to use 100 GB.  How should we proceed to move/compress this VM at the same time?  Use the converter?  Any guidance/instructions will be most welcome.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Did you set it to allocate all the space?  

If not, then it is not using the space.
If so, use VMware Converter to take the machine as input and output it to a smaller space usage.
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Use VMware Converter, to reduce the disk space in use, and this can be then V2Ved to the new server, of Convert and Shrink, and Export and Import.

see my EE Article, step by step tutorial with screenshots.

Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE

Part 13: HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

(read the above about using VMware Converter)

(latest version is 6.2 but the instructions are the same).

if you want an unsupported method...

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


Thank you, again, John and Andrew for your advice!!!
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
Fellow 2018
Expert of the Year 2017

no problems.