I'm trying to Recover space on a vmdk after deleting windows files without success.
I tried datavmotion, vmkfstools et son on..
My configuration is vCenter 6.5 with cluster (2 ESXs 5.5), vmdk are "thin", windows server 2012 R2.
I deleted few windows files on a data disk and impossbile to recover the space used on vmdk.
Any helps or ideas ?
As I understand you delete the files from windows machine after still you not see the release space. I thing you need to run unmap command to claim the space. Follow below KB will help you.
The OP speaks about Windows files which i think referrers to In Guest. So, to get scsi unmap working from inside the GuestOS trough the ESXi certain requirement are needed and the OP failed there because of ESXi 5.5. (6.0 is the minimum). Even than a couple of other settings are needed.
Take a look to Space Reclamation Requests from Guest Operating Systems
Thanks for all your answers, to resume
Storage VMotion = already tried = no success
UNMAP = 6.0 is the minimum required
For information, at this time, only the converter claim the unsued space, but for me it's not a reral solution, but it worked.
Tks for all