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vSphere Virtual Machine Management by Rebecca Fitzhugh

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Virtual machine files

vSphere administrators should know the components of virtual machines. There are multiple VMware file types that are associated with and make up a virtual machine. These files are located in the VM's directory on a datastore. The following table will summarize and provide a quick reference and short description of the files that make up a virtual machine:

File

Example filename

Description

.vmx

<vmname>.vmx

Configuration file

.vmfx

<vmname>.vmfx

Additional configuration file

.vmtx

<vmname>.vmtx

Template file

.nvram

<vmname>.nvram

BIOS/EFI configuration

.vswp

<vmname>.vswp

Swap files

vmx-<vmname>.vswp

.log

vmware.log

Current log file

vmware-##.log

Old log file entries

.vmdk

<vmname>.vmdk

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