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Hi,
I have a pretty big VM about 72GB total.  It's basically a Windows Server 2003 image with Oracle software installed and running in a VM environment so I can do demos for customers etc... I zipped up every .vmdk file and uploaded the .zip which was 29GB to Dropbox. Then on the other end, I unzip the file, and am trying to create the image in VMWare Fusion as the recipient has a Mac.  It works fine, except in the image there should be  drives  C, D, E, F, G, H.   When he logs into the image in Fusion, there is no H drive.   How is this possible?  I'm new to Fusion.  Are we selecting the wrong choices when creating the VM in Fusion?
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ID: 35486855
You are not missing a disk? (vmdk file), although I would have though if you were missing a vmdk (disk) file, the VM would have complained when you turned it own.

Check inside the VM (Windows 2003), highlight My Computer, DIsk Management, is the partition there, it's just not been allocate a drive letter?

Was the VM created on a single 72GB disk, with several partitions?

The H drive wasn't a usb drive or network drive of cdrom drive?
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35487120
When I fire up the same VM using VM Ware Workstation on a Windows 7 machine, it works fine and all drives are there.   Not idea how it was created.  Couldn't have been a network drive and still work on my WM Ware Workstation, could it?
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LVL 124
ID: 35487198
No.

Is it a logical partition that's missing,all partitions are on a single disk?

did you check the disk in disk management on Fusion VM?
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35487230
friend is in UK, sent him a screen shot as to what it should be... i attached how mine looks in vmware workstation......
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LVL 124
ID: 35487253
get him to check Partitions in Disk Management. It may just be as simple, as he needs to Assign a Drive Letter H: to the patition. (okay, so he's nearer me than you!)
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35497493
OK.. So on his it's on big 70GB partition to the C:\ drive... Attached pic... How can this happen when we are using the exact same VM files?
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35497510
Here's the screen shots of the partitions on the Fusion VM... Why would it just give a 70GB drive and not all the others that should be in the image?
Fusion-VM-Partitions.docx
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LVL 124
ID: 35497541
can you post a picture of the same on Windows VM?
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35497601
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35497805
So originally I zipped up every file of the VM into one file and sent to him.  He then sent me this back:

ok, I know what it going on..... when I unzip the original file I get 79GB as what it should be, with ALL the files there. When I create the VM it takes away 50GB of files, i.e. the ones I thought were missing, it is not using the remaining files which must relate to the other drives??   hence they aren't in the VM that I have created. So, how do we get VMware to use ALL the files and build ALL the drives?
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ID: 35497898
okay, clearly looking at that latest picture possible three disk files called vmdk files are missing. can you post the contents of the vmx file from the pc version.
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35497919
so my whole directory?
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35497932
Here's a complete file list.  This VM boots up fine in Win 7 via Workstation and has all the drives.  I zipped all these files and then my buddy unzips on his side and via VMWare Fusion builds the VM.  However he only gets the 70GB C drive and B, G and H are missing :(
files.txt
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35497977
see his comments above after he builds the VM
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LVL 124
ID: 35498018
ill have a look at files?

could you also open and paste contents of the vmx file as well here thanks
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35498035
just open it in a text editor?
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35498045
.encoding = "windows-1252"
config.version = "8"
virtualHW.version = "4"
memsize = "3600"
MemAllowAutoScaleDown = "FALSE"
MemTrimRate = "0"
displayName = "BIC2gEPM VM June-2009"
guestOS = "winnetstandard"
numvcpus = "2"
tools.remindInstall = "FALSE"
floppy0.present = "TRUE"
ethernet0.present = "TRUE"
ethernet0.addressType = "generated"
ethernet0.connectionType = "nat"
scsi0:0.present = "TRUE"
scsi0:0.fileName = "BIC2gEPM VM June-2009.vmdk"
scsi0:1.present = "TRUE"
scsi0:1.fileName = "BIC2gEPM VM June-2009 (2).vmdk"
scsi0:2.present = "TRUE"
scsi0:2.fileName = "BIC2gEPM VM June-2009 (3).vmdk"
scsi0:3.present = "TRUE"
scsi0:3.fileName = "BIC2gEPM VM June-2009 (4).vmdk"
scsi0.present = "TRUE"
scsi0.virtualDev = "lsilogic"
lsilogic.noDriver = "FALSE"
guestOSAltName = ""
mainMem.useNamedFile = "FALSE"
nvram = "bic2g_build27.nvram"
sched.mem.pshare.enable = "FALSE"
tools.syncTim = "TRUE"
tools.syncTime = "TRUE"
vmware.tools.requiredversion = "7202"
vmware.tools.internalversion = "7202"
vmware.tools.installstate = "none"
vmware.tools.lastInstallStatus.result = "unknown"

floppy0.fileName = "A:"
priority.grabbed = "normal"
priority.ungrabbed = "normal"

floppy0.startConnected = "FALSE"

ide0:0.present = "TRUE"
ide0:0.fileName = "E:"
ide0:0.deviceType = "cdrom-raw"
ide0:0.startConnected = "FALSE"
workingDir = ""

annotation = "BIC2g:EPM June-2009 VM(BIEE 10.1.3.4.1, Hyperion 11.1.1.1, BIApps 7.9.6)"

scsi0:0.redo = ""
scsi0:1.redo = ""
scsi0:2.redo = ""
scsi0:3.redo = ""
ethernet0.generatedAddress = "00:0c:29:79:4a:ff"
uuid.location = "56 4d ca 9c d6 d1 4f f0-8e 19 e0 60 f5 79 4a ff"
uuid.bios = "56 4d ca 9c d6 d1 4f f0-8e 19 e0 60 f5 79 4a ff"
ethernet0.generatedAddressOffset = "0"

extendedConfigFile = "BIC2gEPM VM June-2009.vmxf"

virtualHW.productCompatibility = "hosted"
tools.upgrade.policy = "manual"

vmotion.checkpointFBSize = "21561344"

ethernet0.linkStatePropagation.enable = "FALSE"
cleanShutdown = "FALSE"
replay.supported = "FALSE"
replay.filename = ""
monitor.virtual_mmu = "software"
monitor.virtual_exec = "hardware"
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ID: 35498249
i wondering here if the Mac does not like the disk filenames

which are listed June -2009. (2).vmdk

etc

so after extracting on the Mac make the file names simpler eg. disk1.vmdk disk2.vmdk

or diskc.vmdk diskb.vmdk and update the vmx accordingly on the mac.

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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35498271
can i ask a stupid question as I'm not a vmware king... what does the vmdk files hold?
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35498327
New vmx file:

.encoding = "windows-1252"
config.version = "8"
virtualHW.version = "4"
memsize = "4096"
MemAllowAutoScaleDown = "FALSE"
MemTrimRate = "0"
displayName = "BIC2gEPM VM June-2009"
guestOS = "winnetstandard"
numvcpus = "2"
tools.remindInstall = "FALSE"
floppy0.present = "TRUE"
ethernet0.present = "TRUE"
ethernet0.addressType = "generated"
ethernet0.connectionType = "nat"
scsi0:0.present = "TRUE"
scsi0:0.fileName = "BIC2gEPM VM June-2009.vmdk"
scsi0:1.present = "TRUE"
scsi0:1.fileName = "BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-2.vmdk"
scsi0:2.present = "TRUE"
scsi0:2.fileName = "BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3.vmdk"
scsi0:3.present = "TRUE"
scsi0:3.fileName = "BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-4.vmdk"
scsi0.present = "TRUE"
scsi0.virtualDev = "lsilogic"
lsilogic.noDriver = "FALSE"
guestOSAltName = ""
mainMem.useNamedFile = "FALSE"
nvram = "bic2g_build27.nvram"
sched.mem.pshare.enable = "FALSE"
tools.syncTim = "TRUE"
tools.syncTime = "TRUE"
vmware.tools.requiredversion = "7202"
vmware.tools.internalversion = "7202"
vmware.tools.installstate = "none"
vmware.tools.lastInstallStatus.result = "unknown"

floppy0.fileName = "A:"
priority.grabbed = "normal"
priority.ungrabbed = "normal"

floppy0.startConnected = "FALSE"

ide0:0.present = "TRUE"
ide0:0.fileName = "E:"
ide0:0.deviceType = "cdrom-raw"
ide0:0.startConnected = "FALSE"
workingDir = ""

annotation = "BIC2g:EPM June-2009 VM(BIEE 10.1.3.4.1, Hyperion 11.1.1.1, BIApps 7.9.6)"

scsi0:0.redo = ""
scsi0:1.redo = ""
scsi0:2.redo = ""
scsi0:3.redo = ""
ethernet0.generatedAddress = "00:0c:29:79:4a:ff"
uuid.location = "56 4d ca 9c d6 d1 4f f0-8e 19 e0 60 f5 79 4a ff"
uuid.bios = "56 4d ca 9c d6 d1 4f f0-8e 19 e0 60 f5 79 4a ff"
ethernet0.generatedAddressOffset = "0"

extendedConfigFile = "BIC2gEPM VM June-2009.vmxf"

virtualHW.productCompatibility = "hosted"
tools.upgrade.policy = "manual"

vmotion.checkpointFBSize = "21561344"

ethernet0.linkStatePropagation.enable = "FALSE"
cleanShutdown = "FALSE"
replay.supported = "FALSE"
replay.filename = ""
monitor.virtual_mmu = "software"
monitor.virtual_exec = "hardware"
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35498330
New file list after renaming files:

04/29/2011  04:09 PM     1,823,080,448 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-2-s001.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     1,497,694,208 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-2-s002.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     1,118,765,056 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-2-s003.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     1,568,473,088 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-2-s004.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     1,721,106,432 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-2-s005.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     1,068,761,088 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-2-s006.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM       781,123,584 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-2-s007.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           393,216 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-2-s008.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           327,680 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-2-s009.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           327,680 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-2-s010.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           131,072 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-2-s011.vmdk
04/28/2011  02:46 PM             1,383 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-2.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,122,842,112 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s001.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     1,260,650,496 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s002.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     1,330,708,480 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s003.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,102,722,560 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s004.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,103,115,776 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s005.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,071,265,280 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s006.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,069,495,808 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s007.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     1,501,167,616 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s008.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM        21,364,736 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s009.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM         7,733,248 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s010.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM        14,745,600 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s011.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           327,680 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s012.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           393,216 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s013.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           327,680 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s014.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           327,680 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s015.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           327,680 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s016.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           327,680 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s017.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           327,680 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s018.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           327,680 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s019.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           327,680 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s020.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           131,072 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3-s021.vmdk
04/28/2011  02:46 PM             1,698 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3.vmdk
04/28/2011  02:46 PM    <DIR>          BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-3.vmdk.lck
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,062,090,240 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-4-s001.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM       661,913,600 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-4-s002.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM         1,048,576 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-4-s003.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           327,680 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-4-s004.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           327,680 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-4-s005.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           131,072 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-4-s006.vmdk
04/28/2011  02:46 PM               858 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-4.vmdk
04/28/2011  02:46 PM    <DIR>          BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-4.vmdk.lck
04/30/2011  12:53 PM     2,143,879,168 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s001.vmdk
04/30/2011  12:53 PM     1,304,035,328 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s002.vmdk
04/30/2011  12:53 PM       128,122,880 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s003.vmdk
04/30/2011  12:53 PM     2,134,441,984 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s004.vmdk
04/30/2011  12:53 PM     2,106,392,576 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s005.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,145,517,568 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s006.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,130,575,360 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s007.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,145,452,032 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s008.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,145,779,712 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s009.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,146,762,752 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s010.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,145,189,888 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s011.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,144,600,064 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s012.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,145,124,352 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s013.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,146,762,752 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s014.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,146,631,680 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s015.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,143,682,560 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s016.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,136,276,992 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s017.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,145,910,784 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s018.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     1,663,369,216 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s019.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     1,764,818,944 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s020.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     1,164,836,864 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s021.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM       600,571,904 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s022.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     1,102,774,272 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s023.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM       447,676,416 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s024.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     1,412,628,480 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s025.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,146,762,752 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s026.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,113,798,144 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s027.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     1,010,761,728 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s028.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           327,680 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s029.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           327,680 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s030.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           327,680 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s031.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           327,680 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s032.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     1,032,978,432 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s033.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM     2,146,762,752 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s034.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM       134,938,624 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s035.vmdk
04/29/2011  04:09 PM           131,072 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-s036.vmdk
04/28/2011  02:46 PM             2,639 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009.vmdk
04/28/2011  03:19 AM     1,895,825,408 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009.vmem
06/09/2009  08:06 AM                 0 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009.vmsd
04/28/2011  03:19 AM            59,994 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009.vmss
04/30/2011  02:44 PM             2,120 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009.vmx
09/16/2009  01:01 PM               276 BIC2gEPM VM June-2009.vmxf
04/29/2011  04:09 PM             8,684 bic2g_build27.nvram
09/16/2009  01:00 PM             5,883 bic2g_epm_jun2009_vm.log
04/30/2011  12:35 PM             7,004 files.txt
04/30/2011  02:24 PM    28,680,090,768 Hyperion_Image.rar
04/30/2011  02:45 PM                 0 new_file_list.txt
04/28/2011  03:19 AM           126,770 vmware-0.log
04/26/2011  04:16 PM            95,124 vmware-1.log
03/31/2011  02:48 PM            81,132 vmware-2.log
04/29/2011  04:09 PM            94,255 vmware.log
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35498333
When I try and power up the VM, I get:

Unable to open file "E:\Users\elwayisgod\Desktop\Hyperion_Image\BIC2gEPM VM June-2009-2.vmdk": The system cannot find the file specified.
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35498336
I see the file in the list... not sure...
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LVL 124
ID: 35498351
ah, thats not going to work because the disks are spanned, eg the vmdk chains the next spanned disk.

oh re extract the files, remove the disk 2 3 4 from the vm properties not delete from disk, and add back one by one, check they are all listed before power on
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35498360
OK.  So to be clear.  

1 - Remove the disk 2,3 and 4 lines from vmx file.
2 - Start up the VM
3 - Add disk 2 back
4 - Start VM

etc....
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
ID: 35498383
no, remove the disks using vmware fusion edit properties of vm.

and then add them back and check all present in properties of vm before starting.
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35498399
oh... I will have to have my buddy in UK try that.  I'm not a Apple or Fusion guy either.  Is this done on the screen where you 'power up' vm?  
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35498454
Can I do same thing in Workstation on Windows is what Im asking :)
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LVL 124
ID: 35498479
yes, it is done in the edit properties screen.

the issue here is with similar long filenames.
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by:elwayisgod
ID: 35498490
So do you think this image will work on Fusion?  Or only Workstation on Windows?
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