This VMware® manual, the Disk Mount and Virtual Disk Manager User’s Guide, introduces:
the vmware-mount command-line utility for accessing disk storage in virtual machines, and
the vmware-vdiskmanager command-line utility for managing virtual disks.
Revision History
This book is revised with each release of the product or when necessary. A revised version can contain minor or major changes. Revision History summarizes the significant changes in each version of this guide.
Revised for VDDK 5.0 and Workstation 8.0, with -e option to check disk chain consistency.
Revised for VDDK 1.2 and Workstation 7.1, with -t option 6 for thin provisioned disk.
New option for virtual machine’s inventory path, and -t option 5 for compressed stream type.
First version of the VMware Virtual Disk Manager User’s Guide.
First version of the VMware Disk Mount User’s Guide.
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Intended Audience
This book is intended for anyone who wants to modify or access disks in virtual machines using the VMware virtual disk utilities. Typical users are people who work with multiple operating systems or computing environments: system administrators, application developers, QA engineers, or anyone who wants to create, manage, and modify virtual disk files from scripts or at the command line.
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