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what does this storage data mean?

Posted on 2015-01-15
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I have a vmware host only has two vm servers running on it. Today one of them shows need consolidation.

When I checked the storage view, I got confused to see these "Provisioned space" and "used space". Could you guys help me explain them? thanks.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 250 total points
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"Needs Consolidation" - this means you have a snapshot attached to the VM.

lets deal with this first because it's important....

see my EE Article

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient

Can you upload a screenshot of the VM folder, and I'll help you remove it, quickly!
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additionally more info about "Needs Consolidation" and removing snapshots on VMware KB (2003638):

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2003638

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NTShad0w
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CAUTION - Upload the screenshot of your VM folder, before you poke around following VMware KBs! and we can advise the best course of action.
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Efficient way to get backups off site to Azure

This user guide provides instructions on how to deploy and configure both a StoneFly Scale Out NAS Enterprise Cloud Drive virtual machine and Veeam Cloud Connect in the Microsoft Azure Cloud.

 
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...and make a backup or clone.

regards
NTShad0w
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Where can I see the vm folder?

Here I uploaded the copy screen of the disk file name and location.
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Right Click your Datastore, and Click Browse, see this example EE Article for guidance...


HOW TO: Clone or Copy a virtual machine in VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX/ESXi 4.x or ESXi 5.0
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good replies, good solution.
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