Convert VMDK to Thin without vMotion

Storage vMotion is wonderful but vMotion isn’t available without vCenter. bah! This was a nice guide: Enable SSH to the host. Browse to the VM cd /vmfs/volumes/<datastore>/<vm> Create a thin version of the VM. vmkfstools -i d <vharddrive>.vmdk -d thin <vharddrive>-thin.vmdk Remove the thick .vmdk Attach the thin .vmdk Delete the old .vmdk and *-flat.vmdk […]

Can’t format VMFS5 partition

While trying to add an ssd to my esxi 5.5 server I encountered a bug when it tried to format and add the storage: Error:A specified parameter was not correct. Vim.Host.DiskPartitionInfo.spec Error Stack Call “HostStorageSystem.ComputeDiskPartitionInfo” for object “storageSystem” on ESXi “x.x.x.x.” failed. I found a blog post describing the same issue and found it was […]