A virtual machine disk file (.vmdk file) stores the contents of a virtual machine's hard disk drive. A .vmdk file can be accessed in the same way as a physical hard disk.

In ESX 4.1, the service console's partitions are stored in a .vmdk file. These partitions include /, swap, /var/log, and all the optional partitions. The name of this file is esxconsole-system-uuid/esxconsole.vmdk. All .vmdk files, including the esxconsole.vmdk, are stored in VMFS volumes.

Caution

Do not change the name or directory path of the esxconsole.vmdk file. If you rename the esxconsole folder or the VMDK file, the ESX host cannot reboot. VMware recommends that you allow only administrators to modify datastores and make certain that users who have permission to modify datastores are aware of the problems that occur when the esxconsole-system-uuid folder or the esxconsole.vmdk file is renamed.

The esxconsole-system-uuid folder contains the following files and subdirectories:

esxconsole-flat.vmdk

esxconsole.vmdk

core-dumps

logs

logs/sysboot-vmkernel-boot.log

logs/sysboot-dmesg-boot.log

logs/sysboot-vmkernel-late.log

logs/sysboot-dmesg-late.log

logs/sysboot.log

Important

The service console must be installed on a VMFS datastore that is resident on a host's local disk or on a SAN disk that is masked and zoned to that particular host only. The datastore that contains esxconsole.vmdk cannot be shared between hosts.