After a recent post and some parallel discussions I thought that would be interesting to demonstrate some real life example based on my article Sizing Storage for VMware View Linked Clones.
Just as a reminder:
Total Storage = (n° VMs * (Delta Footprint + Log + User Data Disk) + Replica + Master Replica + Overhead)
ERRATA: I have actually amended my article where I was no considering the storage space used by each one of the replicas. That should not cause a massive disruption to the calculation, unless there are dozens of desktop pools using different replicas and snapshots.
In the picture below VM-SOE01-001 is using 7.65 GB total storage.
* This View is only available if you are running VMware View on vCenter 4.
Master Replica (20 GB) – The Master Replica is a one off for each SOE used as template. Unless the homework has not been properly done there shouldn’t be many desktops pools, therefore not many Master Replicas.
Replica (5.5GB) – The replica is a thin provisioned copy of the Master Replica. It is created for each new desktop pool and it’s based on the snapshot in use at any given desktop pool.
VM (2.18 GB) – is composed of Delta Footprint + Log + User Data Disk. You will find information on how to calculate the size in my article Sizing Storage for VMware View Linked Clones.
Replica (5.5) + VM (2.18) = 7.6 GB !!
Take note of the formula and you will have no headaches in the future.