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 disk. From all I've read, I'm expecting the physical size of the vmdk file to be less than 100GB. However, it is still creating a xxx-flat.vmdk that is 100GB.
I'm trying to set up a base system that I can then simply copy around and customize like I've done with VMWare Workstation in the past. Very easy! When I power up the copy, VMWare asks me if I've copied it, I answer "yes" and I'm off and running. However, with what appears to me to be a bug in ESXi 5.5, I'll be copying around a 100GB+ which means I'd be just about as fast to reinstall the OS every time I wanted a new instance.
Has anyone experienced this?