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Access A VMware Virtual Disk from Linux

Recently I needed to recover some data off a VMware Workstation virtual disk using Linux. As you probably know, VMware Workstation (and VMware vSphere) represents a physical disk by a virtual disk whose backing store is one or more VMDK files. VMDK (Virtual Machine Disk) is a documented file format, which uses the file extension .vmdk. It describes containers for virtual hard disk drives to be used in virtual machines like VMware Workstation or VirtualBox. Initially developed by VMware for its virtual appliance products, nowadays VMDK is an open format. Fortunately, VMware provides a simple utility, vmware-mount, for mounting a

Native ZFS support on GNU/Linux

ZFS (Zettabyte File System) is a 128-bit advanced file system and volume manager developed by Sun Microsystems (now part of Oracle) as open-source software licensed under the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL). When first introduced in 2004, ZFS was an entirely new approach to managing disk storage space and protecting the integrity of data. All metadata is stored dynamically and file systems do not need to preallocate inodes or other space when created. Other advantages include scalability, provable data integrity, atomic updates to ensure data consistency, instantaneous snapshots and clones, optional data compression and block-level de-duplication. The four major