I am very new to VMware. I am trying to learn the partition and mount points.
VMware server : ESX 5.0
I got some document which says about the Logical partition and it is little clear.
Consider that I have VM (say testvm1) and it has multiple partitions (logical volumes). Say I have logical volume and it is mounted at /opt/test. I have powered (shutdown)off this vm.
Now I need to create a new VM (say testvm2) and need to mount my partition (/opt/test) from the existing VM(testvm1) to new VM(testvm2).
Can you please suggest or help me to do this.
All the VM contains Linux operating system. I am using the VSphere client 5.0.
Thanks in Advance,
Welceome to the Community - In its simplest sense a virtual machine is comprised by a set of files which includes the configuration file (has an extenstion of .vmx), vmkernel swap files (has an extenstion of .vswp) and a virtual disk filw (with an extension of .vmdk). This vmdek is treated by the vm as if it were a physical disk in that you can format it as a single partition (this what is done most commonly) or divide it up into mutliple partions - I am going to assume you are looking to move a virtual disk from one vm to another which is rather very simple - you edit the settings of the VM and simply add disk and point to existing virtual disk -
An important if you plan to still use this disk on the original VM you will have to make a copy of it -
Also I have move this thread to a more aproriate forum -
This was very helpful. Thanks a lot for your reply.
From your reply I understood the below points.
1) Select the new vm and open the edit settings window.
2) Under the hardware tab, I need to click add button and choose the hard disk option in new popup window.
3) Then I need to select “use existing virtual disk “and then I need to choose my existing partition from my old vm.
Now I have query is it possible to do this with any script (plugin) from ESX server instead of using the VSphere or any client.
You might look at Ghost 4 Linux (free) to see if you can extract the Linux partition(s) one by one to an FTP server, then bring them back and pour them into a previously created blank partition of the exact same size using G4L.
PS: Whoops, I must have misunderstood the question by reading too fast.