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ESX SAN overbooked, what happens if storage limit reached?

In ESX you can easily overbook the available storage with the Virtual Guests. What happens if a overbooked SAN reaches its capacity limit? Its not an actual problem i'm faced with, we just had the ...
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VMWare ESXi 5.5, thin provision still allocates full amount of space on disk

I see a lot of questions and answers surrounding thin provisioning on VMWare ESXi but not exactly what I'm encountering. I am creating a brand new VM and specifying a 100GB thin provisioned hard ...
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How can I safely use storage thin provisioning?

I have storage that allows me to thin provision my volumes presented to the clients. Is this safe? What are the best practices?
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Why is my vSphere disk now thick provisioned?

I have a vSphere 5.0 VM that was created with entirely thin-provisioned disks (I don't have any other options when creating them). A year later, one of the disks is now no longer thin provisioned but ...
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taring vmdk files does not preserve thinness

we have NFS storage, where we store our backups.. we manipulate with them from linux machine where the nfs is also mounted.. So, for example thin provisioned thin.vmdk disk is on linux seen as ...
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How to reclaim disk space on ESXI 5.0 [duplicate]

I have a DELL R710 with ESXI 5.0. I've created a VM with 100GB thin provision. I deleted most of the data. Is it possible to shrink the VM folder on the ESXI? thanks! Dotan.
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should I use thick or thin provisioning

I have a linux vm with 40GB Thick provision Eager Zeroed. when I login to my ESXI Server I can see that the folder of the VM is about 40GB. I've created a 10GB file on the linux VM machine. I see ...
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How do I expand a VMware Thick Provisioned Eager Zeroed drive?

I have a drive that is VMWare Thick Provisioned with a format of Thick Provisioned Eager Zero. I need to expand this drive by 10Gb, but unlike Thick Provisioned Lazy zero, I can't expand that drive ...
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How to clone LVM thin provisioning volume?

I googled many times but couldn't find an answer. What I want is cloning an LVM thin provisioning volume to another thin volume. For now I know dd can clone a thin volume as following: dd ...
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Disk shrink does not work on ESXi guests

EHLO everyone! My first post on the StackOverflow network :) We're running some ESXi 5.0/vCenter infrastructure to host mainly Debian 6/amd64 guest systems with ext3 partitions and open-vm-tools ...
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Windows 2008: re-use of deleted blocks on virtual “thin” disks

We use a StarWind SAN which has the concept of thin-provisioned disks that grow as needed. You can allocate a 4TB drive but it starts off tiny and grows as blocks are written to the virtual disk (via ...
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Move VMware ESXi VM to new datastore - preserve thin-provisioning

I'm looking for a good solution to a VMware ESXi environment issue where there's no vCenter available. What's the best way to move a VM from one datastore to another on a single ESXi host, while ...
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In Linux, how can I create thin-provisioned file so it can be mounted and a filesystem created on it?

I am building a system that gives users certain amounts of disk space. The way I am doing it is: create a file with dd create an ext4 filesystem inside the file mount the file and tell the user ...
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Drobo Thin Provisioning: What happens when you run out of space?

I'm thinking about getting a Drobo S to add some storage on a Windows Server 2008 R2 box. The Drobo offers thin provisioning. While I will only have 4.5TB of space initially, I'd like to use thin ...
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Advantages of thick provisioning of storage over thin provisioning with virtual machines

I typically use thin-provisioning of storage space when building VMs: it provides a lot of flexibility, and seems to be faster to build. The only potential definite advantage I can see is to ensure ...
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Moving thin provisioned vmdk ESXi 5

I am doing an educational project where I have to setup 3 (or more) Windows 2008 R2 servers on a machine running ESXi. I wanted to give myself a head start so I began setting an ESXi environment ...