I had a vm going on vmware server with w2k3 and sql2k5 running on it and it ran great for a week, then yesterday the following occured:
I recently had an issue where my host machine's HD filled up. The culprit was a SQL 2k5 VM I had created, but I had allocated my disk for certain sizes before I installed the OS. Upon browsing the VM's directory I noticed that there seemed to be 2 sets of .vmdk's. I could see my C:\ as 9 files named Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition-000001-s001 through s009.vmdk, but I also saw 9 more files named Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition-f001.vmdk through f009.vmdk. I also had 2 sets for my D:\ (which hosted my sql database i had imported). My first reaction was the ones with the "f" in file name were maybe from a snapshot? because I could not imagine why there would be two sets of 110-2.147 gb files. I ended up deleteing some of the vmdk's with "f" in the filename, and as you can now guess my vm is now broken(well at least only the D:\ is broken). From what I see now I must've deleted the preallocated disk files. The last snapshot I ran was Oct 1, and the files with s001.vmdk were all modified Oct 8. What were these files if they werent the preallocated disk space?
My main question is why is there 2 sets vmdk's of the same disk? I'd like to recreate my VM, but until I figure out what's going on I'm going to wait.