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This is a great article that should help you out with your issue: http://communities.vmware.com/click.jspa?searchID=2240814&objectType=2&objectID=450465
It talks about expanding the disk but the same process can be used to shrink the disk as well. And this process also works on your BOOT disk in your VM! I use it all the time. Good luck!
Thanks for the reply mate.
I found that if i changed the size of the disks during migration with VMware Converter, the process was completed for me.
I migrated my exchange server which had a primary c:\ of 10Gb and a data drive d:\ of 60Gb
During my migration i had the option of changing my disk sizes.
I changed my c:\ from 10Gb to 20Gb and my data drive d:\ from 60Gb to 40Gb.
So in this instance I increased and decreased my disk drives.
I thought i would have to run a partitioning tool to complete the alterations, but to my surprise the partitions were altered for me during migration. Very happy yet very surprised.
Yes i would like to add a point here.... That is the strength of "MIGRATIONS", even though i have not used vmware convertor... i used a similiar tool i.e. HP Server Migration Pack... in which you can actually resize/shrink the partitions if you want to.... and the destination machine would have those changes present in it ...
We are getting ready to convert a DC/Exchange 2003 server to a VM. Any advice before we start?
We've been able to do this on Windows VMs by:
Adding a new VMDK of the desired size
Boot the VM off our BartPE boot ISO
Use Ghost32 off the BartPE to image the old (large) disk to the new (small) disk
Restart the VM
Change the drive letters as required
After verifying proper operation, shut down the VM and remove the old (large) disk
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