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NJDave70
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How do I identify if guest are using Thin Provisioned Storage on 3.5?

Someone else setup the ESX servers where I currently work. They are standalone ESX servers. One ESX 4.0 and one ESX 3.5. We don't have a SAN and don't currently use VMotion or VCenter.

I ran into a few issues with guests running out of space on 4.0, because they were configured with Thin Provisioning. I believe that it wasn't even possible with 3.5, but just wanted to check to be sure. I've fixed most of the space issue on 4.0 and just want to make sure we don't have any on 3.5.

Any help anyone can provide as always is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Dave

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Hello.

Thin provisioning capability is indeed in ESX 3.5. The vDisk tab of the free RVTools will tell you if your VMDKs are thin or not.

Good Luck!

Brian Atkinson | vExpert | VMTN Moderator | Author of "VCP5-DCV VMware Certified Professional-Data Center Virtualization on vSphere 5.5 Study Guide: VCP-550" | @vmroyale | http://vmroyale.com

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vmroyale
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Hello.

Thin provisioning capability is indeed in ESX 3.5. The vDisk tab of the free RVTools will tell you if your VMDKs are thin or not.

Good Luck!

Brian Atkinson | vExpert | VMTN Moderator | Author of "VCP5-DCV VMware Certified Professional-Data Center Virtualization on vSphere 5.5 Study Guide: VCP-550" | @vmroyale | http://vmroyale.com
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NJDave70
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Cool that app is great thanks for sharing.

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Kahonu84
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Aloha - I thought Thin Provisioning was introduced in vSphere.

Bill

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Thin disks have been around since at least ESX 3.0. vSphere basically introduced more awareness/control/monitoring around this feature. You could thin provision disks in 3.x using vmkfstools, but when you cloned or performed certain other operational tasks within vCenter the disks would be converted to thick. vSphere basically made the management tools "aware" of thin provisioned disks and thus simplified operations around using them.

Brian Atkinson | vExpert | VMTN Moderator | Author of "VCP5-DCV VMware Certified Professional-Data Center Virtualization on vSphere 5.5 Study Guide: VCP-550" | @vmroyale | http://vmroyale.com