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Is it possible to convert a VMWare vmdk image file to physical hardisk drive?

Is it possible to convert a VMWare vmdk image file to physical hardisk drive? I know VMWare 6.5 can use physical harddisk drive directly to get good performance, can I convert an existing vmdk file to ...
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How do I convert a VMWare VMDK HDD file to a HyperV VHD file?

What's the best way to convert a VMWare VMDK HDD file to a HyperV VHD file? I've been tasked with converting our environment to HyperV for evaluation purposes. We are MSDN subscribers, so the MS ...
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How do I resize a VMware hard disk file?

I have a VMware virtual machine that I made quite large. I am not really using most of it, so I would like to reduce it by 50% or so. Is there a tool to do this?
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Convert a .vmx file for use on EC2

I've got a virtual machine that I'd like to have running as an EC2 instance. Is there any way to simply convert a .vmx to an EC2 image?
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Can I send clients a pre-configured Virtual Machine?

I am not very well acquainted with VM Ware and Virtualization but I am investigating the feasibility of creating a VM Instance using VMWare, Windows Server 2008 R2, and shipping that VM as a complete ...
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copy vmware vmdk files while vm is running

I need to copy some VMs from one datastore to another. I'm running ESX 3.5 U3, VMs are mostly Windows-based. I don't care about data integrity since it's only to test NetApps deduplication on the ...
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What's the downside of starting with extra large Virtual Disk?

Since it's kind of a time consuming option to increase the size of a Virtual Disk, what's the downside of selecting a huge disk to start with? (Why not start at the largest size and never worry about ...
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VMware VM with more than 2TB of disk space

I'm a VCP 4 so I'm aware of the configuration maximums for LUNs/RDMs/VMDKs in vSphere 4, but say I want to create a VM that has a logical drive bigger than 2TBs. The only ways I can think of doing ...
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Vmware / vmdk / virtual machine hosting providers? [closed]

I'm new to cloud/virtual hosting and having a difficult time finding much useful information on google about this question. Are there any reputable hosting providers out there, aside from ...
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Migration from Hyper-V to ESXi

I am in the process of migrating my machines from Hyper-V to ESXi and I was just wondering what is the best way to do so? I tried just copying the hyper-v disk file, creating a new vmware workstation ...
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conversion of a VMDK image with qemu-img failed with “error while reading sector 131072: Invalid argument”

I tried to convert a VMDK image found in a OVA file to the QCOW2 format with the qemu-img command but it failed with the error message qemu-img: error while reading sector 131072: Invalid argument ...
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Very strange problem with VMDK thin/thick disks

I have some ESXi (4.1) virtual machines which were initially created using thin-provisioned disks, but where then physically moved to different datastores (all of them iSCSI); since these are ...
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Extract files from VMDK

Is there a command-line tool to extract files from a VMDK file? WinImage seems to be able to do it, but it's GUI only.
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Exchange 2010 VMDK disk design

I am deploying Exchange 2010 on a single server on my VMware/SAN. We have about 100 mailboxes. I will be using normal VMDK disks, so my question is about the disk design. Should I put everything on ...
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Delta files not deleted

I found out that my VM is running with a snapshot which is not visible in the snapshot manager. I found out also that the machine is running on a delta file (probably an old snaphot) I see there are ...
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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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How to mount vmdk inside ESXi 5.0 console

I have some big files inside VM which I need to copy to ESXi host datastore. What is the best/fastest method? Right now I am using vSphere Client inside the VM. VM is running in virtual network with ...
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How to shrink a VMware virtual disk (vmdk)

I tried to shrink the size of a VMware virtual disk by doing what I do with AIM/EC2/Xen images: use sdelete -c to clear the empty space on a drive. However, for VMware, this actually expands the size ...
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qemu-img: Could not open $FILE

I received a single-file VMDK from a vendor that has a virtual appliance for a particular product I'm interested in evaluating. We run a KVM solution (Proxmox) so I tried converting the file but on ...
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Is it possible to use a disk image file built by vagrant to be used in vmware player/workstation?

Vagrant uses virtualbox for all its tasks. But it supports writing the vmware vmdk file format (virtualbox supports this). It seems to be possible to deploy those image files to EC2 and now I'm asking ...
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Issues with creating a snapshot

We have a strange issue when attempting to create a snapshot in one of our regional environments. We have 4 VMs, 2 of them have mulitple VMDKs spread onto different datastores. When a snapshot is ...
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VMWare-Mount not recognizing virtual disks

I have two disks as .vmdk files, and four as .vdi files. I can boot virtual machines on them with Sun xMV VirtualBox, and they work just fine. However, I want to mount them on my local computer so I ...
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I would like to know the best method for compressing and storing virtual machines

I have Zipped a virtual machine and it seems like there should be a better way to store my base copy. Looking for the best way to manage my VMware base images.
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Downloaded -flat.vmdk from snapshoted machine is different everytime

I have a virtual machine running on VMware ESXi 4.1.0, machine has one Thick provisioned disk stored in VM forder (residing on local datastore). I am planning to move the virtual machine to another ...
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Data Store/Volume disconnecting. How to resume copy of VMDK?

I'm having an issue with my ESXi 4.1 hosts losing the datastore with FC SAN after a power outage. All 3 hosts disconnect so it's definitely a SAN issue. I've tried to resolve the issue on the SAN side ...
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mounting VMDK images on opensolaris

I know that VMware ships a vmware-mount utility with its server 2 packages on Linux that allow you to mount a VMDK outside a vm and treat it as a normal filesystem mounted on the given mountpoint. Is ...
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Best practice of expanding a linux partition in VMWare

What is the best practice in expanding a linux partition in VMWare? My example scenario would be: I have an /storage partition initially setup with 100GB. In the course of 6 months, I am required to ...
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Force a downsize of a vmdk disk

I have a thick virtual disk (vmdk) file that is purely just a file-store. I currently have it configured to take up 2TB, however, there is only one 900GB partition on it. I read somewhere that the ...
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ESXi - expanding vmdk file fails with insufficient space on file system

I receive the following error Failed to extend disk : There is not enough space on the file system for the selected operation (13). When I run this command: vmkfstools -X 240G srvr.vmdk The disk ...
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VMWare - Increase disk space automatically - how?

There are many servers/hosts supporting many virtual machines on VMWare. Is there a way to automatically increase the disk space available on a VM say increase by 10%? How about sending messages ...
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Maximum size of VMDK to support large NTFS filesystem in guest

I have a need to support an 8TB filesystem within a Win2k8 guest system running on VMWare. From what I've read online, the maximum size VMDK I can create is 2T, is this still the case? Will I need ...
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OVF disk formats

I thought that VMs exported as OVF were supposed to be completely portable, but now I see there are difference disk formats I used the VMware ovf tool to export a VMX to OVF. The disk file created ...
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convert vmware snapshot to vdi

I found plenty of documentation on how to convert a .vmdk file to a .vdi (VirtualBox) file. But they all assume you don't use snapshots. -- Is there a way to convert the vmdk snapshots too?
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New virtualized windows server with 4 partitions

i'm going to set up a new Windows Server 2008R2 on vmware and it will be composed of 4 partitions: in order to have the best performance and manageability do you think that it's better to create a ...
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Converting .OVA-formatted VM to Hyper-V

I am struggling with importing an .OVA VM into my Hyper-V infrastructure. I managed to extract the .ova file using tar which yields three fiels - .ovf .mf and .vmdk. The .mf-contained SHA1 sums ...
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VMWare vmfs vs NFS datastore with vmdk?

I want to add a new harddisk to an existing VM and want the best performance possible. The new hard disk will exist on an NFS datastore. Currently I did the following: Created new vmdk on NFS ...
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VMware ESXi Missing VMDK (Flat files and snapshots, but no base image)

We recently had a SAN failure that killed a very high-disk-activity VM while it was on. We fixed the failure, but can't boot the VM. When we attempt to, it displays this error message. I checked the ...
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Error adding 4tb LUN (Raw Device Mapping) to ESX4 VM

I'm trying to map an existing 4tb LUN from a Fibre Channel SAN, through to a VM in my ESX4 environment. It keeps telling me that the VMDK file size exceeds the the maximum size supported by the ...
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PowerCLI Syntax: copy-harddisk

Whats the correct syntax for coping a vmdk with PowerCLI? I'd like to do the same as vmkfstools -i Get-HardDisk Machine1 | Copy-HardDisk "[DS] Machine2/test.vmdk" Produces: Copy-HardDisk : ...
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ESX convert vmdk from sparse to thin without creating a new instance

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 ...
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Convert from VMDK to OVF

Is there a way to convert an VMDK to OVF?
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how to run a vmdk image on another 64 bit machine which does not have vt support

I have a CentOS 64 as Guest OS installation (basically the vmdk file) which was created on a machine which had Virtualization Support enabled in BIOS. How ever I have another machine where I do not ...
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How to alter a vm snapshot's ip and mac address?

I have installed VMware and taken a snapshot of a VM. I want to change the virtual operating system's ip address and mac address in the snapshot state. Is there a way to accomplish this by editing ...
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Physical Win98 hd to VM .vmdk

I am pretty new to VMware fusion. Case is: I have an old Win 98 machine, on which I have a program i need to run, to which I do not have the installation CDs. For that reason I need to make a .vmdk ...
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Converted VHD to VMDK but vmx missing

I converted vhd to vmdk, and with vmware worstation tried to import the vmdk, but it says vmx is missing. when i did the conversion vmx file wasnt created. did i miss anything. i am aware vhd can be ...
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V2V conversion - linux distro from .vmdk to XenServer .vhd

I am running XenServer for virtualization. I have a linux distro with Big Blue Button (http://bigbluebutton.org/) in .vmdk format that I'd like to run on my XenServer (it uses .vhd files). Problem is ...
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Rescue *.vmdk by wrapping it in new, working *.vmdk [closed]

I have a vmdk (VMware virtual [NTFS] formatted disk) beyond repair (It's not mine, I don't know exactly what happened). I'm trying to get some files off of it using Plan B as outlined here: ...
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Does anyone knows how to convert ovf file to img using centos?

I'm trying to instal nuxeo on centos and I'm using now xen to virtualize. Nuxeo's downloads have not xen image. Only available ovf and vmware. Is possible to make the conversion?
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What's the simplest way to run a virtual image that was created in VMWare 4.0?

I have been given an image that I'm told was created in VMWare 4.0 that I am trying to run. When I open it in virtual box I'm told that it cant run the image as it's not a supported version. I tried ...
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Is it possible to export an OpenVZ machine and use it after in another virtualization tool?

I'm planning to use OpenVZ in an old machine I have at home. I want to know if a dumped OpenVZ instance image can be exported to other formats (like VirtualBox or Vmware). Thanks!