I have a guest ubuntu server with a 500gb hd running on vmware esxi 5.0. I want to shrink the disk, my plan is to use clonezilla to move the files to a smaller disk, boot from that disk and then delete the larger disk.
Will this work?
Also, The machine is a publicly accessible database so it can't be down long. In there an easy way to copy the entire machine and route to that IP until the smaller one is ready?
used vmware converter. first:
-enable root account on ubuntu server : $sudo -i $sudo passwd root
On windows 7 local: "In Windows Explorer, browse to the folder C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone\ssl
When you try to open folder ssl, you will discover that you do not have permission to do so.
Assuming you have administrator privileges:
When you double click to open folder ssl, a pop-up will present a CONTINUE button which, when pressed, will permanently unlock the folder for you and the problem will be solved.
I'm doing this from memory - if I skipped a step in unlocking the folder, the problem is simply that the folder ssl is locked and you need to unlock it." -do this or conversion will fail
use converter to convert>powered on machine: IP of VM you want to duplicate + root account and pass
chose host as destination sys
edit configuration to choose a static IP different from original machine. (here can also alter disk size)
and good to go.