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thin provisioned VMs became thick provisioned during the copy.

That is normal if you copy like that. NFS doesn't know that it is a thin provisioned sparse file so you end up copying the unused portions as well.

 

For future reference, you can use the vmkfstools tool that is part of ESXi to convert thick back to thin or to reclaim deleted space.

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That is normal if you copy like that. NFS doesn't know that it is a thin provisioned sparse file so you end up copying the unused portions as well.

 

For future reference, you can use the vmkfstools tool that is part of ESXi to convert thick back to thin or to reclaim deleted space.

 

And the 2 VMs were circa 80GB each, and it took 1 hour to copy 7% of one VM (over a wired gigabit connection!) And since that was one way, and they would need copying back, I aborted the process. That left me with flat.vmk files which I had a read about restoring, and at that point, I thought feck it!

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