Virtual disk files
Thank you for the information in your post. I feel like I did those things but apparently I missed the boat on something. I'm brand new at VMWare. I did google. For example the other response said that VMDK files are Virtual Machine Files. I knew that from googling and searching forums.
This may not even be the right forum and for that I apologize but I didn't see one that just had VCenter. For all I know this is the wrong community even.
I'm not trying to be a smart a@@ or anything, I did appreciate reading the rules and will keep them in mind.
Have a nice day.
Thank you. I did know that from searching and actually RTFM as suggested in the rules for posting. So I was not clear and I will try again.
Each VM has its own VMDK containing the name of the virtual machine. The host itself has a number of VMDK files that have only numbers in the name and the amout of vmdk files on the host does not correspond to the number of virtual machines. I am curious about what those are. I didn't see anything that explained those.If this is the wrong community or forum for this please let me know. I do not intend to be a pest.
Can you please provide an example of the files that you see? This way it might be easier to explain what they are for.
A virtual disk on an ESXi host consists of two .vmdk files, a small descriptor/header file (a text file that only contains metadata), and the data file which contains user data. If a VM has active snapshots, each of these snapshots also consists of two .vmdk files. Sample: A VM with a single virtual disk, and two snapshot has six .vmdk files.
Primary virtual disk: <vmname>.vmdk + <vmname>-flat.vmdk
Additional virtual disks: <vmname>_#.vmdk + <vmname>_#-flat.vmdk
Snapshots: <vmname>-00000x.vmdk + <vmname>-00000x-delta.vmdk (or <vmname>-00000x-sesparse.vmdk for newer ESXi versions)