Windows 2012 Server R2 Drive Defrag Error

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Microsoft-Windows-Defrag(257 - None): The volume Index Data (E:) was not optimized because an error was encountered: The slab consolidation / trim operation cannot be performed because the volume alignment is invalid. (0x89000029)
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Trim is usually something used together with SSD's. If you are using SSD'd in your server you should never defragment them. Defragging an SSD helps in reducing it's life, and it doesn't bring you any advantage.
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
have you tried using powershell?

Optimize-Volume -DriveLetter E -Defrag -Verbose
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
How did you create this volume? Was it created using Windows Disk Management or a third party tool? The invalid alignment of the volume is mentioned. This means the partition has either problems with geometry or it needs to be aligned to physical sectors.
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NSPITAuthor Commented:
noxcho, the drive is a LUN on a VMWare 5.5 virtual machine running windows 2012 r2 server.  Sorry, I should have included that info.
Also Virtual Disks should never be defragmented. Just disable defragging.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
As said by rindi disable defragging for LUN.
NSPITAuthor Commented:
How do I disable defrag properly and do I do it for the whole VM?
Yes, disable it for the complete VM. On most OS's you right click "Computer", select "Manage", then "Diskmanagement". Now right click one of the disks and select "Properties", then the "Tools" tab. Now click on "Defragment now", then "Configure Schedule". Now just unclick on "Run on a Schedule".

Normally a properly setup VM should have that disabled by default, though.

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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
What you actually need is to check that partitions inside the VMs are properly aligned. If this is a default Windows installation then it must be aligned by default.
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