Librenix  
(Show all VMware articles . . .
)  
Headlines | Linux | Apps | Coding | BSD | Admin | News
Information for Linux System Administration 

How to shrink VMware vmdk files

Up
vote
Down

This guide shows how you can shrink the virtual disk files (they have the extension .vmdk) of your VMware virtual machines so that if you zip them, they will use much less space. It is then easier to upload and share them with other people.

(This article describes two approaches, one for Windows hosts and another for Linux hosts. -Ed.)
I'm using vmware-vdiskmanager with the -k switch to shrink disk files. The -k switch is supported on Windows hosts only, therefore I'm using Windows XP as the host and run VMware Server on it with a Debian VM. I got good shrink results with this constellation.

In a second step I've tried to shrink disk files on a Linux host (Ubuntu). vmware-vdiskmanager doesn't support the -k switch on Linux, but I've tried the -d switch (defragment) instead and got good results as well, but I'm not guaranteeing that this will work for you as well.
 read more | mail this link | score:8316 | -falko, August 29, 2008
More Sysadmin articles...

    Buy Art Online with Satisfaction Guaranteed

    Selected articles

    Testing the Digital Ocean $5 Cloud Servers with an MMORPG

    Apple to Intel move no threat to Linux

    Linux vs. Windows: Why Linux will win

    No, RMS, Linux is not GNU/Linux

    Why software sucks

    The short life and hard times of a Linux virus

     

    Firefox sidebar

    Site map

    Site info

    News feed

    Features

    Login
    (to post)

    Search

     
    Articles are owned by their authors.   © 2000-2012 Ray Yeargin