Virtualization

How to create a VMware vSphere virtual machine utilizing all available features

Step 13: Set VMDK options

When determining the size for the virtual machine, the wizard only creates one VMDK file. If multiple VMDKs are to be used, they can be completed at the end of the wizard. There are a few key options to choose when creating the VMDK. Size is important, especially if the Thin Provisioning option is not selected. I prefer to use Thin Provisioning for most situations, as only the actual consumed storage of the guest operating system is reflected in the VMDK. If the virtual machine is to be a Fault Tolerant virtual machine, Thin Provisioning is not available and the VMDK is formatted as a zeroed thick file. You can also specify that the VMDK file reside in a different datastore as the configuration and memory swap file associated with the virtual machine.

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Rick Vanover is a software strategy specialist for Veeam Software, based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick has years of IT experience and focuses on virtualization, Windows-based server administration, and system hardware.

10 comments
hpatel
hpatel

Hi - I'm not able to see the PDF button below the title .. am I not looking in the right place? How can I download the slides as PDF? Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks,

acegdbrown
acegdbrown

Please put this in a PDF file where I can save it on my local disk. When I saw the 16 web pages I had to load just to see one step at a time, web pages with all the extraneous baggage like advertising, etc., I do not want to look at the article, and I am not. Give me an introduction with a PDF file I can quickly download and page through, and I am great with that.

buchanan_david
buchanan_david

To be useful as a reference, an article with this many images should be available as a PDF download. Sixteen web pages to read the entire article is too much.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I don't see it either. The original article and instructions were posted in Sept. 2010. The TechRepublic site was completely overhauled in January 2011. It looks like the PDF button Selena talked about is no longer a feature.

modeler4
modeler4

great idea for the pdf, why doesn't the person who thought of the idea first do that(i.e., create a pdf with permission from TR)

Selena Frye
Selena Frye moderator

Some recent functionality added to our gallery tool allows auto-PDF generation. Leaves a bit of white space between slides, still, it's all in one downloadable doc now. Just click the PDF button in the action bar below the title to download. I hope that helps.

Lord Deonast
Lord Deonast

Thanks Selena, I guess it was so obvious up there that I didn't even notice that feature. Works well. Thanks