It is a f6flp32.exe tool to create , convert and maintain vmdk-files. Several of the vmware-vdiskmanager versions are buggy. The capacity can be specified in sectors, KB, MB or GB. A growable disk has errors – this tries to fix them.

Upload a vmdk to a ESXi and store it in thin provisioned format. Note the echo command – it creates the passwordfile required to log in to the ESXi – the actual command for vmware-vdiskmanager is all in one line. I know the oldest mount-tool not created by VMware. It is getting more and more outdated as it does not understand some lines in new vmdk description. It is still a very valuable tools as it can handle partly corrupt vmdks that no other tool would accept. It is a command line tool with easy syntax.

This is a port of Ken Katos vdk. I rarely use it as I do all the recovery work on 32 bit systems – so I can not say much about it. Mount a vmdk on a remote ESX host. You must give the path to the vmdk and specify the path to gthe VM that owns it – this may be different ! The new kid on the block is imdisk. It has a very helpful author and it is in rapid development. If you need to do something really exotic with vmdks ask Olof at boot-land.

For this context I only list a few of the options. It is very useful to create description files for physical disks. Look up the disk number in diskmanagement first. This command creates a vmdk that is almost compatible with VMware – only minor differences exist.

It does not define the offset – so the extent description line looks like. 0 at the end of the line to make it VMware compatible. This two commandline tools are a must have for Windows-users. They are required for all operations on embedded vmdk descriptions. For convenience sake I simply copy them to system32 so that they are in the path.