Thin Disk on vSphere My First Glance

So today I got around to putting ESXi 4 on my spare box at home. I first deployed a new virtual server and decided to use the thin provisioning built into the new version. After getting everything all setup. I was suprised to still see this.

I was like DANG! that is some awesome thin provisioning. I was more thinking something had to be wrong. A 42 GB drive with Windows 2008 only using 2.28KB that is sweet! I thought for sure since I had not seen this screen on the information of the VM it had already refreshed. It was too good to be true though I clicked the Refresh Storage and it ended up like this. Which made alot more sense for a fresh and patched Windows install. So far this leads to my first question, why the manual refresh? Should this refresh automatically when the screen redraws?

ESX Commands – esxcfg-info

This is a great command to give you a whole bunch of information. Sort of like trying to drink from a fire hose. Go ahead and type esxcfg-info as root from your console. Wasn’t that fun?
You can follow this article and redirect the output to a file to make it a little easier. If there is a specific area that you need information about you can check the help and use a handy switch t print just the info you need. Which in all honesty may still be more than you can handle.

[[email protected] root]# esxcfg-info -h
Usage: esxcfg-info mode
-a, –all Print all information
-w, –hardware Print hardware information
-r, –resource Print resource information
-s, –storage Print storage information
-n, –network Print network information
-y, –system Print system information
-o, –advopt Print advanced options
-u, –hwuuid Print hardware uuid
-b, –bootuuid Print boot partition uuid
-e, –boottype Print boot type
-c, –cmdline Print vmkernel command line
-F, –format Print the information in the given format
Valid values are “xml” and “perl”
-h, –help Print this message.

A sample from doing esxcfg-info -r (this is just a snippet of output)

==+Host Memory Stats :
|—-Managed…………………………………………..707.97 MB
|—-Kernel……………………………………………94.43 MB
|—-Free……………………………………………..612.89 MB
|—-Minimum Free………………………………………42.47 MB
|—-Excess……………………………………………570.43 MB
|—-Reserved………………………………………….47.95 MB
|—-Available…………………………………………565.60 MB
|—-State…………………………………………….High
|—-Total Swap Read……………………………………0 KB
|—-Total Swap Written…………………………………0 KB
|—-Total Overhead…………………………………….0 KB
|—-Total Size………………………………………..1.59 MB
|—-Total COW…………………………………………1.28 MB
|—-Total Zero………………………………………..0 KB
|—-Total Shared………………………………………0 KB
|—-Total Balloon……………………………………..0 KB
|—-Total Swapped……………………………………..0 KB
|—-Total Touched……………………………………..1.59 MB
|—-Total Allocated……………………………………5.48 MB
|—-Total Target………………………………………5.48 MB
|—-Total Swap Target………………………………….0 KB
|—-Total Balloon Target……………………………….0 KB