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HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v6.2.0.1

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)
EE Fellow, 2xMVE, Expert of the Year 2017-2011, Scribe 2016-2012, Author of the Year 2018-6,2013-2012 VMware vExpert Pro, vExpert 2020-2011
In this video, I will show you how to perform a Virtual to Virtual conversion of a Windows virtual machine to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 (ESXi 7.0) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.2.0.1, and in the same conversion process shrink and reduce the size of the virtual disk.

For more guidance and a step by step tutorial with screenshots, which supports this video, please see the following article which this video is based on  HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2

Windows XP Professional can be P2Ved using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.2.0.1.

Other reference material which I recommend reading around the use of VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.2.0.1.

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.2.0.1

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

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

Video Steps

1. Download VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.2.0.1 from VMware.

Please see this article for download links

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.2.0.1

2. Install VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.2.0.1 on your local administrative Windows computer.

Install the software, clicking next to continue, and click finish. Start the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.2.0.1 application.

3. The conversion.

Select Convert machine, and follow the wizard, ensuring you specify the ESXi server IP address of FQDN. Select the virtual machine to be converted; it must be powered off.

4. Select the virtual machine to convert (V2V)

Specify the ESXi destination server; this could be the same ESXi host server or a different ESXi host server.

5. Change the size of the virtual disk.

Complete the wizard

6. Conversion process.

Wait for the conversion process to finish

7. Power on the "V2Ved" virtual machine.

Check the newly created virtual machine
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