Files that back a virtual machine

Every virtual machine is backed by a set of files. The virtual machine configuration file with the .vmx extension holds all of the virtual machine's configuration information. For files associated with a virtual machine, refer to the following table:

Configuration file

File extension

Virtual machine configuration file

*.vmx

Virtual disk descriptor file

*.vmdk

Virtual disk data file

*-flat.vmdk

RDM mapping file (physical compatibility mode)

*-rdmp.vmdk

RDM mapping file (virtual compatibility mode)

*-rdm.vmdk

Virtual machine snapshot database

*.vmsd

Virtual machine snapshot state file

*.vmsn

Virtual machine snapshot delta file

*-delata.vmdk

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