I have several Ubuntu Linux virtual machines running on VMware ESXi hosts that have all been allocated disks much larger than their required capacity. As space is now becoming an issue on our SAN, I'd like to investigate downsizing the allocated disk space on these machines.
All systems will be completely backed up imaged before I begin making changes, and I will always retain a pristine backup in case the partition resizing does not work.
Is there an easier way than the following procedure, or is their a better solution entirely?
- Shutdown and assign a second disk to the virtual machine
- Boot using the SystemRescueCD
- Use GParted to resize the original (source) partition, making it smaller
- Clone the new, smaller partition to the second disk
- Shutdown and remove initial disk from the virtual machine
- Reboot and force
fsckto check the filesystem