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Provisioned Storage, Not-Shared Storage & Used Storage in VMware

In VMware when you assign the storage to any vm while creating a new vm. You see in the summary tab of that vm there is 3 different storage is listed. Provisioned Storage, Not-Shared Storage & the Used Storage. So I thought to post about it to clear the doubts of 3 different types you see.

Provisioned Storage :-
Provisioned Storage shows the space which is allocated to the vm. When we create new vm we allocate some of the disk space to that vm. Either we can choose the Thin Disk or Thick Disk. In case of Thin disk entire space is not used by the VM but in case of Thick Disk entire provisioned space is allocated to that vm. So if you have used the Thin disk then VM will use the space whichever is required only instead of the full allocated. So unused space can be used by another vm at the time of requirement.

Not-Shared Storage :-
Not-Shared Storage is the storage which is used by the vm on the datastore & which can not be shared with other vm.

Used Storage :-
Used Storage shows the storage space which is used by the vm & it’s files such as log files, configuration files, snapshots, virtual disks etc on the datastore . When you power off the vm you might see the different in values of Used Storage it is because when the vm is running the swap files are also considered in the Used storage.

Checkout our posts on Disk Types in VMware :-

What is Thin Disk, Thick provision lazy zeroed disk & Thick provision eager zeroed disks in VMware ?

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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