Neonewbie
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Does ESXI store its data files outside the partition?

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HI guys just a question to the VMware gurus.

Are the datastore and vmdk files stored on a diff partition or part of hard drive to the esxi operating system.

does any one know.

regards

Neo

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weinstein5
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The files that make up a VM including VMDKs are stored in a VMFS datastore and as I recall with the default install of ESXi a partition is created and formatted as a VMFS datastore but you can have shared storage (SAN or NAS) that can also be configured with VMFS datastores and store VMs including VMDK files there

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weinstein5
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The files that make up a VM including VMDKs are stored in a VMFS datastore and as I recall with the default install of ESXi a partition is created and formatted as a VMFS datastore but you can have shared storage (SAN or NAS) that can also be configured with VMFS datastores and store VMs including VMDK files there

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Neonewbie
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Many thanks for that info it makes sence.

ill look up next away to javascritp or network into the vmfs directory to view as network drive on Mac.

many thanks..

regards

Neo

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