It does not define the offset – so the extent description line looks like. Download The vmware-mount tool that comes with the VDDK is the first choice when vmdks created by Vista and higher have to be mounted. Notify me of new posts by email. If you try to run this command against a VM living on NFS storage you might end up seeing the following error:. So it’s correct that it does not decrease when shrinking disks. So you can just storage vmotion back afterwards and you have reclaimed the lost disk space. Using the tool is quite simple — just run SDelete or SDelete64 for bit installs with the -z option against the drive letter in question.


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It is still a very valuable tools as it can handle partly corrupt vmdks that no other tool would accept. Grant September 24, at 4: This is done by running vmkfstools -U test2.


Note the echo command – it creates the passwordfile required to log in to the ESXi – the actual command for vmware-vdiskmanager is all in one line. This page was last edited on 16 Februaryat Some more detailed descriptions and tips on zero-ing out data from your guest OS can be found at Shrink guest on hosted platform.


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Cancel reply Leave a Comment. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Microsoft provides a tool that can zero blocks after while deleting a file or zero out the entire free space. You must give the path to the vmdk and specify the path to gthe VM that owns it – this may be different!


The information in this weblog is provided as is with no warranties, and confers no rights. Vmkfsotols.exe was my first thought as well, but I found some conflicting information on this. The result should be the same, no pwr off needed. With this command you can destroy whole virtual machines if you do not take the right precautions hint: It has a very helpful author and it is in rapid development.

Using SDelete and vmkfstools to Reclaim Thin VMDK Space

I need to build a communication for the environment on how long the VM will be down. Again, like with deleting vmdk vmkfstoools.exe, when renaming it is better to use vmkfstools rather than the mv command, as this renames both of the relevant.

Note of warning that you should stop database -and other disk intensive- services before running the above. So you can just storage vmotion back afterwards and you have reclaimed the lost disk space.



Ptal May 25, at 7: Rocket September 27, at 3: Thanks for the comment, Justus. And there you have it!

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This worked wonders for us as we were vmkfstoolse.xe to retrieve a lot of disk space from a drive with GB free space. Many thanks to Gabrielle. Provisioned size obviously does not change.

That was very helpful for me and solve my problem. In this case, the disk has been expanded to 50GB: Using both does not work:. Options for remote disks: Can you please provide a source?

Before getting started, there are a few things to check and a few safety precautions that I want to call out:. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Unfortunately, as you can see, thin VMDKs only expand. As a temporary fix you add a USB-disk mounted a U: You are commenting using your Google account.