vmkfstool how to clone vmdk file

This vm has two drives. I want to clone e drive to new vmdk. Also I need to check the ntfs permissions after this conversion.


Power down the vm


Enable ssh & login to the esx host using putty

Browse the directory where that vm stored


We need to clone win10_1.vmdk


These are the option we can get from vmkfstool


I have created directory named disk2


This is how we can clone the disk( we need to use full path of the destination)

Also if required we can convert the disk type also. But here Im using same disk type(thin)


Power on the vm and login to the os

Open disk management utility

Right click on the new disk and make it online


Just check the ntfs permission of the folder


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