I am using vmkfstools to create a thin provisioned vmdk from a sparse vmdk. I would like to be able to just rename the vmdk and flat vmdk files to have the name of the original disk and then power on the VM and be on my way, but it seems that doesn't work. I ended up moving the converted vmdks into a new folder and spinning up a new VM. What is the proper procedure to continue using the original VM with the newly converted disks (or is it not possible)?
The most "clean" way of doing this is
Is this ESX or ESXi?