Per the bug reporting instructions, I am reporting this bug here.
vmware-vdiskmanager program embedded inside VMware Fusion.app version 8.1.0 is defective. The usage message shows an example of using the
-h option, but attempting to use the
-h option produces an error message that the option is illegal.
$ '/Applications/VMware Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmware-vdiskmanager' -h myesxihost /Applications/VMware Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmware-vdiskmanager: illegal option -- h VMware Virtual Disk Manager - build 3272237. Usage: vmware-vdiskmanager OPTIONS <disk-name> | <mount-point> Offline disk manipulation utility Operations, only one may be specified at a time: -c : create disk. Additional creation options must be specified. Only local virtual disks can be created. -d : defragment the specified virtual disk. Only local virtual disks may be defragmented. -k : shrink the specified virtual disk. Only local virtual disks may be shrunk. -n <source-disk> : rename the specified virtual disk; need to specify destination disk-name. Only local virtual disks may be renamed. -p : prepare the mounted virtual disk specified by the volume path for shrinking. -r <source-disk> : convert the specified disk; need to specify destination disk-type. For local destination disks the disk type must be specified. -x <new-capacity> : expand the disk to the specified capacity. Only local virtual disks may be expanded. -R : check a sparse virtual disk for consistency and attempt to repair any errors. -e : check for disk chain consistency. -D : make disk deletable. This should only be used on disks that have been copied from another product. Other Options: -q : do not log messages Additional options for create and convert: -a <adapter> : (for use with -c only) adapter type (ide, buslogic, lsilogic). Pass lsilogic for other adapter types. -s <size> : capacity of the virtual disk -t <disk-type> : disk type id Disk types: 0 : single growable virtual disk 1 : growable virtual disk split in 2GB files 2 : preallocated virtual disk 3 : preallocated virtual disk split in 2GB files 4 : preallocated ESX-type virtual disk 5 : compressed disk optimized for streaming 6 : thin provisioned virtual disk - ESX 3.x and above The capacity can be specified in sectors, KB, MB or GB. The acceptable ranges: ide/scsi adapter : [1MB, 8192.0GB] buslogic adapter : [1MB, 2040.0GB] ex 1: vmware-vdiskmanager -c -s 850MB -a ide -t 0 myIdeDisk.vmdk ex 2: vmware-vdiskmanager -d myDisk.vmdk ex 3: vmware-vdiskmanager -r sourceDisk.vmdk -t 0 destinationDisk.vmdk ex 4: vmware-vdiskmanager -x 36GB myDisk.vmdk ex 5: vmware-vdiskmanager -n sourceName.vmdk destinationName.vmdk ex 6: vmware-vdiskmanager -r sourceDisk.vmdk -t 4 -h esx-name.mycompany.com \ -u username -f passwordfile "[storage1]/path/to/targetDisk.vmdk" ex 7: vmware-vdiskmanager -k myDisk.vmdk ex 8: vmware-vdiskmanager -p <mount-point> (A virtual disk first needs to be mounted at <mount-point>)
Yes, it is possible that it is a faulty example that should be removed. I am not in a position to know if that is the case; I can only report the discrepancy between the given example and the program's actual functionality.
I assumed the
-h option would specify an ESXi host to connect to,
-u would specify a username on that server, and
-f a file containing that user's password.
If that's not correct, then the next bug is that I want to convert a vmdk to disk type 6, "thin provisioned virtual disk - ESX 3.x and above". When I attempt to do this, it says:
$ '/Applications/VMware Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmware-vdiskmanager' -r indisk.vmdk -t 6 outdisk.vmdk Converting /dev/disk6 to outdisk.vmdk VMware Virtual Disk Manager can only convert to ESX thin disks if the destination is remote. VMware Virtual Disk Manager - build 3272237.
If the program is not supposed to have a
-h option, then an explanation is needed for how to supply the remote destination when converting to disk type 6.
I assumed the
-hoption would specify an ESXi host to connect to,
-uwould specify a username on that server, and
-fa file containing that user's password.
For details about converting a virtual disk to an ESXi host, see e.g. https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vddk_disk_utils.pdf (pages 18 ...20)
If that's not correct, then the next bug is that I want to convert a vmdk to disk type 6, "thin provisioned virtual disk - ESX 3.x and above". ...
Thin provisioning is a VMFS file system feature, i.e. you need to specify the remote ESXi host for the "-t 6" option make it to work.
Thank you André for that reference. Indeed, that document says:
"For remote <targetdisk> on an ESX/ESXi host, use the -h, -u, and -f options."
and describes those options in the way I hypothesized. Yet those options are declared to be illegal by the version of vmware-vdiskmanager included inside VMware Fusion 8.1.0. That is the bug I am reporting.
I'm not a MAC user, so I can't reproduce this myself. Anyway, please don't mind me asking whether you ran the command as shown in example 6 with all options (-r, -t 4|6, -h, -u -f) in place?
Yes, I ran it with all those options, and even tried copying and pasting the example command from the help screen into the terminal verbatim; it continues to say "/Applications/VMware Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmware-vdiskmanager: illegal option -- h"
You're talking about example 6 after you run vmware-vdiskmanager without command line options?
I'm seeing the same thing here on both Fusion 7.x as well as VMware Workstation 12.x.
The -h option isn't listed in the help as a valid option unless as extra parameter with the -r option, while it might have been so in the past,
For testing I've also tried --h and --host now, same error.
It is possible you might have to use the VDDK instead, but I doubt that there's a mac OS X variant in the VDDK (haven't checked)