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how to partition a vmware disk without vmware workstation?

when i create a vmware disk with vmware-vdiskmanager, i want to setup the partition without vmware workstation. Anyone knows which tool or method can help me do this?

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Cooldude09
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Are you looking for creating vmdk's of fixed size prior to VM creation?

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visual2me
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I have created a disk of fixed size with vmware-vdiskmanager. What I want to do is to mount this disk and copy some file to it, so I need to partition this disk first before I can mount it with vmware-mount. So what I wonder is how to partition this vmware disk without vmware workstation.

What I have tried is to map the -flat.vmdk file as a loop device, then fdisk this loop device. But it failed. I can see the partition table with "vmware-mount -p .vmdk", but can not mount it. Do you know why?

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Texiwill
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Hello,

The Guest OS handles VMDK disk partitioning, so you will need to install an OS into the Guest in order to partition it, or boot from a LiveCD to do the same.


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visual2me
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That's just what I don't want to do.

I'm just thinking that since we have tools to create an empty disk, and to mount a partitioned disk without workstation, why can't we partition an empty disk without running any guest OS?

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vmroyale
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Hello. The commands below will create a vmdk formatted with NTFS.

touch ntfs.img

mkntfs -fF ntfs.img 1000000

qemu-img convert ntfs.img -O vmdk ntfs.vmdk

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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visual2me
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Great, qemu-img is a really helpful tool.

Thank you very much:)

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Texiwill
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Hello,

For linux fdisk/sfdisk/qparted may work on an image file as well. I have never used them like that but they may work.


Best regards,
Edward L. Haletky
VMware Communities User Moderator, VMware vExpert 2009
====
Author of the book 'VMWare ESX Server in the Enterprise: Planning and Securing Virtualization Servers', Copyright 2008 Pearson Education.
Blue Gears and SearchVMware Pro Blogs -- Top Virtualization Security Links -- Virtualization Security Round Table Podcast

--
Edward L. Haletky
vExpert XII: 2009-2020,
VMTN Community Moderator
vSphere Upgrade Saga: https://www.astroarch.com/blogs
GitHub Repo: https://github.com/Texiwill
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continuum
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Hi

visit boot-land.net and search for posts from Jaclaz - he has written a batch that can exactly do what you are looking for.

Partition a newly created vmdk without the need to boot it inside a VM first.

All other tools referenced in the previous answers can't do what you are looking for

Ulli

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visual2me
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Thank you for the information.

I searched the posts from Jaclaz at boot-land.net, but I'm not sure whether you refer to the tool MBRBATCH. I found MBRBATCH is meant for Windows, but I work in Linux. Do you know any similar tools for Linux?

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continuum
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A tool like that for Linux ? - no - I don't know any.

You can boot a small Windows LiveCD and run the batch against some vmdks you store on Linux ... sorry - no other ideas

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vmroyale
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All other tools referenced in the previous answers can't do what you are looking for

The commands listed below will create a vmdk that is formatted with NTFS:

touch ntfs.img

mkntfs -fF ntfs.img 1000000

qemu-img convert ntfs.img -O vmdk ntfs.vmdk

I issued these 3 commands on my Linux host, assigned ntfs.vmdk to a Windows XP virtual machine and disk manager saw a NTFS formatted volume. I also was able to write files to it within XP.

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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continuum
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It is no problem at all to create a NTFS formatted partition - image.

Creating a blank vmdk from scratch and make it work as a real disk-image (including an MBR) is something very different

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JohnPeterson
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Can someone fix the commands below so that copy (and format) doesn't fail?

Thanks!

# Linux

touch disk.img
mkntfs -fF disk.img 100000
qemu-img convert disk.img -O vmdk disk.vmdk
dd if=/dev/zero of=file.10mb bs=10M count=1
# Windows
vmware-mount z: disk.vmdk
copy file.10mb z:\
A device attached to the system is not functioning.
        0 file(s) copied.
format z: /q Creating file system structures. The first NTFS boot sector is unwriteable. All NTFS boot sectors are unwriteable.  Cannot continue. Format failed.
mkntfs -V mkntfs v2012.1.15AR.1 (libntfs-3g) qemu-img qemu-img version 1.0, Copyright (c) 2004-2008 Fabrice Bellard
cat /etc/issue Ubuntu 12.04 LTS \n \l
vmware-mount /?
VMware DiskMount Utility version 4.2.0 build-321138
ver
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
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