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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

VMware Virtual Machine files


Below listed are the files that makes up virtual machine in VMware vSphere. There are few other files are also present like .hlog (vMotion), .ctk (Backup) or .lck (NFS) that are possible if related operations performed. However as per new update there is new addition of .vmem file for holding memory state during snapshot and suspend operations.

Another file to look at would be rdm.vmdk in virtual RDM mode and rdmp.vmdk in physical RDM mode.

Source: VMware


File
Usage
Description
.vmx
vmname.vmx
Virtual machine configuration file
.vmxf
vmname.vmxf
Additional virtual machine configuration files
.vmdk
vmname.vmdk
Virtual disk characteristics
-flat.vmdk
vmname-flat.vmdk
Preallocated virtual disk
.nvram
vmname.nvram or nvram
Virtual machine BIOS or EFI configuration
.vmsd
vmname.vmsd
Virtual machine snapshots
.vmsn
vmname.vmsn
Virtual machine snapshot data file
.vswp
vmname.vswp
Virtual machine swap file
.vmss
vmname.vmss
Virtual machine suspend file
.log
vmware.log
Current virtual machine log file
-#.log
vmware-#.log (where # is a number starting with 1)
Old virtual machine log entries

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