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    Dear All,

    I have an Esxi 4 installed and an exchange server 2010 running on it. I have made the mistake to create the datastore using 1 MB block size, so my datastore is only 256 gb. when trying to create a memory snapshot it gives me an error and the snapshot is not created. Is there any way to clone the vm to a new datastore after creating the datastore with 8mb block size? does the vmdk file has any info inside it about the block size? will it ovewrite the datastore properties that have been used to initially create the new datastore (8mb block size) moved there? Anybody can help with the procedure to move the old vm to a new datastore?

    Thanks

    Thomas

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    Re: Urgent help with ESXi 4.1 free

    You cannot clone with the free version. But you can export to an OVF using the VMware Converter which is free. Alternatively just export it. Open your datastore and select the option to download a file from your datastore. Once this is done you can use the VMDK to create a new VM and just re-attach the virtual disk.

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    • #3
      esxi 4 with block 1mb block size

      I have a virual machine that i have create on a datastore using 1 mb block size, and therefore the maximum disk space on the vm is 256gb. this creates a problem for me if i try to create a snapshot, giving me an error that the snapshot file may exceed the maximum size of the disk. since my vm is in production, is there any easy way to setup an new esx sever and create a store with 4 mb block size and move the other vm to the new esxi server?


      thanks for your help. this is very critical for me so a quick answer will be appreciated.

      Thomas

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      • #4
        Re: esxi 4 with block 1mb block size

        do you have vCenter Server licenses or are you using a standalone hypervisor?
        Marcel
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        • #5
          Re: esxi 4 with block 1mb block size

          standalone hypervisor

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          • #6
            Re: esxi 4 with block 1mb block size

            If it is standalone - then there is no way to migrate the machine live to another location
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            • #7
              Re: esxi 4 with block 1mb block size

              What if I can stop the VM? how will I migrate it then?

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              • #8
                Re: esxi 4 with block 1mb block size

                I just noticed you already asked the question
                http://forums.petri.com/showthread.php?t=51996
                Marcel
                Technical Consultant
                Netherlands
                http://www.phetios.com
                http://blog.nessus.nl

                MCITP(EA, SA), MCSA/E 2003:Security, CCNA, SNAF, DCUCI, CCSA/E/E+ (R60), VCP4/5, NCDA, NCIE - SAN, NCIE - BR, EMCPE
                "No matter how secure, there is always the human factor."

                "Enjoy life today, tomorrow may never come."
                "If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill"

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                • #9
                  Re: Urgent help with ESXi 4.1 free

                  Thanks for your reply

                  Can you please explain how do i re-attach a vmdk?

                  Thanks again

                  Thomas

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                  • #10
                    Re: Urgent help with ESXi 4.1 free

                    Threads merged.

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