Watching the progress of a large clone in realtime, kb by kb
I have a 36TB VM I'm trying to clone using the management network and it is taking forever. I want to see which VMDK(s) are in process. Is there a command which i can run/rerun to watch the files grow? This way I can see what is changing and understand how far it has to go? The VM is so big and cloning over the management network (no shared storage) is so slow, I cannot figure out what is actually happening. I think I do not see a change in the GUI until the next VMDK is complete. Then the percentage complete jumps.
You should be able to see the files via the Datastore Browser in the Web server, I think you can only see the size of the file that is selected. Another choice would be to connect via SSH and display the full directory that the VM is in usiing ll (ls -al):/vmfs/volumes/<datastore>
In the browser it shows the larger vmdk file, but I cannot see incremental changes. In the ssh view, I am not seeing any changes. The clone has not failed, but has not moved in some time. Not sure how to tell what it is doing.