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How do I convert Thick to Thin on ESXi?

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I have a few virtual machines setup to use Thick disks on ESXi when I didn't know better. I am building a new vm host server and want to move all virtual machines to the new server and use Thin Provisioning.

Can't seem to find out how to do that. :-(
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by:anomiagrunge
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Try running vmware converter from eahc of the vm´s and create new one´s on thin disks.
It´s the easiest way. There are some command line tools but sometimes are diffucult to use.

Hope it helps
Ariel
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bgoering earned 1200 total points
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Two options

Install vCenter Server and use storage vmotion - that offers the ability to convert.
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Use vCenter converter stand alone  to move your machines, you can resize the disks if needed as well as convert thick to thin

Good Luck
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by:PaperTiger
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It is ESXi and don't have vcenter.
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by:bgoering
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Then converter would be your tool of choice. You do realize that you can add quite a bit of functionality to ESXi with vCenter (vSphere Essentials License)?
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by:bgoering
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by the way - the vmware converter stand alone is a free product...
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by:anomiagrunge
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vcenter converter doesn´t need vcenter. it´s a standalone tool.
Try here: http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/
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by:BijuMenon
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If you do not have Virtual Center or Vmware converter, then the following may be of help
http://blog.tpv.dk/?p=3
http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-10854

vmkfstools command and options:
http://vmetc.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/man-vmkfstools.txt
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by:PaperTiger
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I ran the Converter and set it as THIN but in the end, the converted vm still shows up as VM-machine_name-FLAT-vmdk with a fixed size.

What's wrong?
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by:PaperTiger
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never mind, my mistake. I read -FLAT and keep thinking "FAT".

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