I'm trying to make sense of the (thin provisioned) disk space on VMware ESXi 4.1 (using vSphere Client). The numbers I see don't add up and don't make sense.
Looking at the machine properties for an example VM, I see
Hard disk 1 takes up 20Gb on datastore1 - and there are no other hard disks for this VM. However, the Summary tab for the VM has the VM using 24Gb on datastore1 and datastore2 - what's the extra 4Gb for? Also, the only thing on datastore2 is CD ISOs.
On top of this, this running VM instance is only taking up 2.23kb on disk according to the virtual host's Virtual Machines tab.
How can a full installation of Ubuntu Lucid Lynx take up 2.23kb? Would be a marvel... Even with data deduplication (which I wonder if VMware even supports) there would be a lot more than 2kb of unique data.
Ultimately, I want to be able to get an accurate report on amount of disk provisioned for each datastore (and per VM) and the amount of disk used (and per VM). Right now, it seems the only thing I can get from the command line is the total amount of disk used; any way to get the rest? I couldn't find any. The GUI has varying numbers as I reported.