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Can I reverse provisioning in VMware 5.1

Posted on 2014-01-14
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Can I reverse thick provisioning to thin provisioning on the storage side?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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If you mean can you go from thick to thin - yes you can see below

A few options exist

1. Storage vMotion the Virtual Machine to another datastore, and select Thin Provision Disk, in the options.

2. Storage vMotion or Migrate to a NFS datastore (which supports Thin disks only), the VM will be thin provisioned.

3. Create a V2V using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone.

see my EE Article

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

4. using the command line tools vmkfstools

e.g. vmkfstools -i SERVERNAME.vmdk -d thin thinSERVERNAME.vmdk
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Will this work for ESX 4.1 also?
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Yes, it will work for 4.1.
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by:CervisTECH
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Thanks for your help. This is just what I needed.
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No problems.....scratching my head "because I cannot dismount a LUN!"
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I'm pretty sure that you tried this already but here is an KB that may be of help: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1029786

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Thanks for the suggestion! It's not that!
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