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Compress-SCVirtualDiskDrive

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

Compress-SCVirtualDiskDrive

Compresses a dynamically expanding virtual hard disk attached to a virtual disk drive object to reduce the size of the virtual hard disk.

Syntax

Parameter Set: Default
Compress-SCVirtualDiskDrive [-VirtualDiskDrive] <VirtualDiskDrive> [-JobGroup <Guid> ] [-JobVariable <String> ] [-PROTipID <Guid> ] [-RunAsynchronously] [ <CommonParameters>]




Detailed Description

The Compress-SCVirtualDiskDrive cmdlet compresses a dynamically expanding virtual hard disk attached to a virtual disk drive object to reduce the size of the virtual hard disk. The virtual machine must be stopped before you can compress the virtual hard disk.

You can only use the Compress-SCVirtualDiskDrive cmdlet to compress a Windows-based virtual hard disk (.vhd or .vhdx) file attached to a virtual disk drive object on a virtual machine that is deployed on a Hyper-V host.

A VMware-based virtual hard disk (.vmdk) file on a virtual machine deployed on an ESX Server 3.0 or 3.5 host is fixed (not dynamic), and you cannot compress a fixed virtual hard disk.

A Citrix XenServer-based virtual hard disk (.vhd) file on a virtual machine deployed on a XenServer host is also fixed (not dynamic), and therefore cannot be compressed.

Parameters

-JobGroup<Guid>

Specifies an identifier for a series of commands that will run as a set just before the final command that includes the same job group identifier runs.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-JobVariable<String>

Specifies that job progress is tracked and stored in the variable named by this parameter.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-PROTipID<Guid>

Specifies the ID of the PRO tip that triggered this action. This allows for auditing of PRO tips.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-RunAsynchronously

Indicates that the job runs asynchronously so that control returns to the command shell immediately.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-VirtualDiskDrive<VirtualDiskDrive>

Specifies a virtual disk drive object. You can attach either a virtual hard disk (for a virtual machine on any host) or a pass-through disk (for a virtual machine on a Hyper-V host or an ESX host) to a virtual disk drive object.


Aliases

none

Required?

true

Position?

1

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

True (ByValue)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

<CommonParameters>

This cmdlet supports the common parameters: -Verbose, -Debug, -ErrorAction, -ErrorVariable, -OutBuffer, and -OutVariable. For more information, see about_CommonParameters.

Inputs

The input type is the type of the objects that you can pipe to the cmdlet.

Outputs

The output type is the type of the objects that the cmdlet emits.

  • VirtualDiskDrive

Notes

  • Requires a VMM virtual disk drive object that is currently associated with a virtual machine deployed on a host, which can be retrieved by using the Get-SCVirtualDiskDrive cmdlet.

Examples

1: Compress a virtual hard disk attached to a virtual disk drive on a VM deployed on a host.

The first command gets the virtual disk drive object attached to VM01 and stores the object in the $VDD variable. This example assumes the virtual machine has only one virtual disk drive and that the virtual hard disk attached to the virtual disk drive is, a dynamic virtual hard disk.

The second command compresses the dynamically expanding virtual hard disk that is attached to the virtual disk drive on VM01.


PS C:\> $VirtDiskDrive = Get-SCVirtualDiskDrive -VM (Get-SCVirtualMachine -Name "VM01")PS C:\> Compress-SCVirtualDiskDrive -VirtualDiskDrive $VirtDiskDrive

Related topics


Convert-SCVirtualDiskDrive

Expand-SCVirtualDiskDrive

Get-SCVirtualDiskDrive

New-SCVirtualDiskDrive

Remove-SCVirtualDiskDrive

Set-SCVirtualDiskDrive

 
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