Inspecting VMFS file types/formats

It can be difficult from the MUI to see the file type/format. This is especially true of RAW Disk Mapping (RDMs) files, which look exactly like a virtual disk file. vmkfstools might give you a more forensic view of the files on a VMFS file system, especially the “attr” column.

Using the vmkfstools Command

  1. Login to the Service Console as ROOT
  2. Type:vmkfstools -l -h /vmfs/local

    This will produce a listing like so: 

    RDMs appear under the Attr column with the description of (RAW)


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This was first published in December 2005

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