You can already use VHD-files without converting them first.
Did you try to use a VHDX file ? - or do you have an empty one for tests ?
fixed and dynamic vhd appear to be accepted even if file dialog filters everyting out but vmdk
I cannot use vhdX, though, a new format which is important to me as it has TRIM support when they are stored in a ssd ntfs volume
error message: http://i.imgur.com/Qg87fXl.png
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please also provide an example for a dynamic vhdx - the flat vhdx from your last post did surrender without resistance
There is not even any special trick required to be able to add it to an existing VM : just write a descriptorfile as usual and provide the format as cfreateType = "custom"
# Disk DescriptorFile
# Extent description
RW 73728 FLAT "Fixed32Mb.vhdx" 0
# The Disk Data Base
ddb.adapterType = "lsilogic"
The vmdk size can be calculated as always : size on disk in bytes / 512 = size in sectors
You can write out the disk geometry if you feel like that - but WS 11 no longer regards the geometry-entries as a required.
I assume that adding a check of the descriptorfile has simply been forgotten given the haste that was used when WS 11 was rushed to market.
I would not put any vaueable data inside such an alien-format - again I assume this feature has not been tested for longer than a few hours.
Snapshots work as expected :: I think you can regard your 3 items on the wishlist as done
All you have to do is write the descriptor-vmdks yourself.
By the way - thanks for that useful question - I also had that request in mind but simply never tried before you asked.
whoa, that looks promising, thank you! :-) i will test tomorrow!
attached a dynamic vhdx. unlike the previous fixed vhdx, this one is also formatted with one test file inside the ntfs partition (the fixed was just created but not partitioned/formatted)
dynamic32.7z.zip 93.7 K
same size as before ? - filename suggests 32MB but actually size is 36 MB ?
is the dynamic one harder to surrender?
Sorry - I had some hardware failures and I am still busy with the recovery.
I will try the dynamic disk as soon as I have some spare minutes.
None of the VMDK-formats that I am aware of:
seem to be suitable for this format.
VPCSPARSE seems to be close but then Workstation (vmware.exe) crashes.
thanks for the effort!
i hope that someday vmware will be able to read and write vhdx files...