Updates to VMDK partitions & disk resizing in VCSA 6.5

Similiar to the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.0 release, the new VCSA 6.5 is also composed of multiple virtual machine disks (VMDKs). Each VMDK maps to a specific function and OS partition within the VCSA. There are now a total of 12 VMDKs, two of which are new in vSphere 6.5: vSphere Update Manager (VUM) and Image […]

New method of enabling Multiwriter VMDK flag in vSphere 6.0 Update 1 (UI + API)

Prior to vSphere 6.0, in order for multiple Virtual Machines to share a VMFS-backed VMDK, the Multiwriter VMDK flag must be enabled, which is accomplished by adding a specific VM Advanced Setting as shown in this VMware KB 1034165. For customers who were accustomed to this old method, you may have found that this option no longer works. This was true regardless if you had used […]

Emulating an SSD Virtual Disk in a VMware Environment

I continue to be amazed everyday at all the awesome features and challenges being tackled by our VMware Engineering organization and yesterday was another example of that. There was a question that was posed internally about emulating an SSD device for a Nested ESXi environment running in VMware Fusion. I figure this would be an […]

How to Create an SE Sparse (Space-Efficient) Disk in vSphere 5.1

You probably may have heard, that with the upcoming release of vSphere 5.1, a new virtual machine disk format will be introduced called called SE Sparse (Space-Efficient). One of it’s features is to provide the ability to reclaim unused blocks from within the guestOS. I would highly recommend you check out a recent blog post […]