Every so often, it’s necessary to resize the boot drive of an existing virtual machine. The process of resizing the VM’s boot disk from outside the VM is usually pretty straightforward:
1. Shut down the VM
2. Go into the VM’s drive settings
3. Resize it to the desired size
4. Power on the VM.
However, when the VM boots up, the disk space used by the OS won’t have changed.
However, the OS can detect that there is available unallocated disk space that it isn’t using.
Fortunately, this is a correctable condition and the fix can be applied without needing to shut down the VM or boot from another drive. For more details, see below the jump.
The documentation from MacSysAdmin 2016 is now available, with the session slides and videos being accessible from the link below:
The videos of my sessions are available for download from here:
- What’s new in File System: http://docs.macsysadmin.se/2016/video/Day2Session1.mp4
- Going from Physical to Virtual – Creating, hosting and managing OS X VMs with VMware Fusion and ESXi: http://docs.macsysadmin.se/2016/video/Day3Session6.mp4
I do a lot of work with virtual machines running in VMware’s Fusion hypervisor software. As part of that work, I’ll occasionally run into the following issue:
1. I’m running an application inside a VM.
2. I’m done with whatever it is and want to quit out.
3. The focus of my keyboard is not inside the VM
4. I click the Command (⌘) and Q keys to quit the application running inside the VM.
5. Instead of the application inside of the VM quitting, I see this.
6. Then I say something like this.
As part of this, I’ve often wished for some way for Fusion to warn me when I’m about to accidentally quit Fusion instead of quitting an application inside a VM. That led to me making the following observation on Twitter:
I was quickly informed that Fusion in fact had exactly that.
For more information, see below the jump.
I’ll be speaking about virtualization, with a focus on VMware solutions, at MacSysAdmin 2016, which is being held from October 4th – 7th, 2016 in Göteborg, Sweden. For those interested, my talk will be on Thursday, October 6th.
For a description of what I’ll be talking about, please see the Thursday program page.
One of the lesser-known changes that Apple introduced with OS X Yosemite was a Hypervisor framework, which was designed to allow virtualization solutions to be built for OS X without the need for third-party kernel extensions.
One reason for this was that eliminating the need for kernel extensions allowed the possibility of virtualization software to be distributed and sold via the Mac App Store. While neither VMware or Parallels have taken advantage of this, a new virtualization product named Veertu has recently become available in the MAS.
Veertu is available for free from the MAS, and allows installation of selected Linux VMs, downloaded from Veertu’s online library. For more details, see below the jump.