Solved

vmware VMDK Files

Posted on 2016-07-15
3
121 Views
Last Modified: 2016-07-31
vmware VMDK Files

per the documentation:
•VMDK Files are Disk related files, which includes .VMDK, -delta.vmdk, -rdm.vmdk
When I browse the Datastore for certain VMs, I see only  .VMDK file, there is no -Flat.VMDK, nor -delta.vmdk, nor -rdm.vmdk file

I thought .VMDK is a descriptor for -Flat.VMDK or -rdm.vmdk file ,but none of those files exist.
I see the .VMDK file size about 30 GB and the provisioned size is 48 GB

Any idea what that means and why neither of these files exist:
-Flat.VMDK, nor -delta.vmdk, nor -rdm.vmdk

Thank you
0
Comment
Question by:jskfan
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
3 Comments
 
LVL 10

Assisted Solution

by:Richardson Porto
Richardson Porto earned 200 total points
ID: 41713095
When using the datastore browser option, the -flat.vmdk and -delta.vmdk, but if you logon on SSH and browse to the datastore folder you will see all the files.

See the following blog post for some additional information: http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/virtualization-pro/different-methods-for-browsing-vmfs-data-stores/
0
 
LVL 120

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 300 total points
ID: 41713096
When I browse the Datastore for certain VMs, I see only  .VMDK file, there is no -Flat.VMDK, nor -delta.vmdk, nor -rdm.vmdk file

To be expected and by design. I would have thought after ALL these years, you would have noticed a different view from datastore browser (vSphere Client), and looking at the file system, via console/SSH!

delta.vmdk is replaced by snapshot filenames these days, e.g. 00001.vmdk (snapshot)

I thought .VMDK is a descriptor for -Flat.VMDK or -rdm.vmdk file ,but none of those files exist.
I see the .VMDK file size about 30 GB and the provisioned size is 48 GB

Any idea what that means and why neither of these files exist:
-Flat.VMDK, nor -delta.vmdk, nor -rdm.vmdk

When you look through the datastore browser, to avoid confusion it shows just a vmdk file, e.g. its in BEGINNERS MODE!

If you want to see all the files, on the datastore, get down and dirty at the console or remotely via SSH, and look at the datastore.

Part 5: HOW TO: Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

and finally, there is no RDM vmdk, because you don't have a RDM!
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:jskfan
ID: 41736583
Thank you
0

Featured Post

Create the perfect environment for any meeting

You might have a modern environment with all sorts of high-tech equipment, but what makes it worthwhile is how you seamlessly bring together the presentation with audio, video and lighting. The ATEN Control System provides integrated control and system automation.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

This article will show you how to create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5). It's a good idea to compare checksums, because many installations fail because of a corr…
When rebooting a vCenters 6.0 and try to connect using vSphere Client we get this issue "Invalid URL: The hostname could not parsed." When we get this error we need to do some changes in the vCenter advanced settings to fix the issue.
Teach the user how to edit .vmx files to add advanced configuration options Open vSphere Web Client: Edit Settings for a VM: Choose VM Options -> Advanced: Add Configuration Parameters:
Teach the user how to configure vSphere clusters to support the VMware FT feature Open vSphere Web Client: Verify vSphere HA is enabled: Verify netowrking for vMotion and FT Logging is in place or create it: Turn On FT for a virtual machine: Verify …

732 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question