Just now I created a VM in VMware. I haven't installed anything on its hard drisk yet. There were no options to make the disk static or dynamic but VMware made the disk dynamic for me. So, I'm not sure how my friend got a static disk but apparently the default is to make the disk dynamic. We still have the issue of how to convert his static disk to a dynamic disk, I think. How do we do that without vmware-vdiskmanager? Or, can we get vmware-vdiskmanager?
VMware Player does not come with this tool, but in case of need you can download the Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) which does include a copy of the program.
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