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I am using Esxi 5.1 and I am having troubles. I received a OVF template from a vendor so that I could merely import this file into VSphere and have their server ready to go.. This file was shipped and the server was set up with thin provisioning. I am NOT a fan of thin provisioning so I decided to inflate the vmdk files. This went without issue. After doing so though I now notice that if I attempt to edit the settings and highlight the hard disk, it still shows as thin provisioned and I am not able to modify the size of the drive. The machine seems to be running fine except that I am unable to adjust it later if I need to.. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Even when the VM is shutdown you cannot modify the disk?
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Is the disk -

 - IDE
- there is no snapshot attached ?
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There is no snapshot attached, and even when the vm is shut down i have no option to modify the disk.. The machine runs fine and seems stable but modifications of the disk is not possible and it still shows as thin provisioned after inflating the drives.
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Can you upload some screenshots of the VM Disk Settings, and screenshot of the VM folder.

It's always possible the "inflate" did not work, or got corrupted....

does it look like a thick disk?
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I have uploaded a screenshot of the settings on VMware. the inflate went and completed successfully yet it still shows thin provisioning and cannot be adjusted.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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The VM has a snapshot, you can tell because of the -00001.vmdk file.

Deal with the snapshot, and the issue will be solved...

see my EE Article for details on a snapshot

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient
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Andrew, you sir rock! I thank you sincerely.. I don't remember seeing this in the VMware class I took this summer , now im going to have to go back through my books and see if I can find this.. Thanks again!!!
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ON the spot!!!
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Thanks for the kind comments.

Snapshots are evil things, and sometimes catch VMware Admins, unaware!

When you have time, read my EE Article.
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most definitely,, I love VMware and I am strangely fascinated by it, any recommendations as to good reading material for VCP?
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That's a new question really, but here you go for FREE!!!

Another of my EE Articles

HOW TO:  VCP 5

and there's always EE to help you with the understanding!
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excellent thanks again!!
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