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  • 1.  howto shink the vmware OS (rather than a virtual machine)

    Posted Apr 12, 2015 09:43 AM

    Hi

    My vmware OS is allocated 460Gigs, but is using only 563 megs of that.

    Will the converter be able to shrink that...its not a 'virtual machine' though, is it?

    Command line?

    Thanks

    MD



  • 2.  RE: howto shink the vmware OS (rather than a virtual machine)

    Posted Apr 12, 2015 10:42 AM

    Can you please clarify this. I don't understand where you see this huge disk usage!? ESXi usually requires less than 10GB on a disk (including log/dump partitions).

    André



  • 3.  RE: howto shink the vmware OS (rather than a virtual machine)

    Posted Apr 12, 2015 11:40 AM

    please refer this picture...this shows the OS with disc sizes, but NOT the virtual machines



  • 4.  RE: howto shink the vmware OS (rather than a virtual machine)

    Posted Apr 12, 2015 11:45 AM

    The volume on the screenshot is a VMFS3 Datastore, which is used to store the virtual machine's files/folders. It's only the volume name "VMwareOS" (which has definitely been assigned manually) may be misleading.

    André



  • 5.  RE: howto shink the vmware OS (rather than a virtual machine)

    Posted Apr 12, 2015 12:26 PM

    OK, thanks, I understand that now. So how can I reduce the reported size, to free up space for the virtual machines....or there is not need to do this as that 460gigs of space should be available for virtual machines?

    MD



  • 6.  RE: howto shink the vmware OS (rather than a virtual machine)

    Posted Apr 12, 2015 03:33 PM

    Everything seems to work as expected. The datastore's whole disk space (except for the metadata) is available for virtual machines.

    André