Shrinking VMware Virtual Disks on a Mac

I have the unfortunate quirk that, when I think “VMware”, I often say it in my head with a German accent, like “WeeEmVare”. I find that makes things like “VMware Virtual Woes” fun and challenging to say. So it is with great enthusiasm that I recommend reading this post in the same manner.[1]

At Metric Insights, we currently deploy VMWare virtual machines to customers to try out our product. Recently, after having updated one of said VMs and preparing to upload the compressed file to our site, I realized with horror that the compressed file was 3.7G. This takes me over 5 hours to upload to our server, and I imagine an hour or so for our customers to download. Here’s how I shrunk it!
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