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  • 1.  vswp file location

    Posted Sep 04, 2021 11:18 PM

    Changed Swap datastore in Host settings. Changed Swap file location in Guest to use location specified by Host. There is now a small 1 GB sysSwap-ds-###.swp file in the datastore I specified but still every time the Guest is powered on, a large vswp file gets created in the original location where the Guest has all its other files. This kinda defeats the purpose so I must be missing a step?

    ESXi 6.7



  • 2.  RE: vswp file location
    Best Answer

    Posted Sep 05, 2021 03:03 AM

    Hi,

    For each powered-on virtual machine, a .vswp file is placed in the virtual machines directory on the datastore. This file is required by VMkernel to swap virtual machine memory to the disk in case of excessive overprovisioning. The swap file size can be calculated with the formula (.vswp File = Allocated Memory - Memory Reservation). As per default, the reservation is set to 0, so the .vswp file size is equal to the amount of virtual memory.

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    Having the whole amount of memory from all virtual machines occupying the datastore wastes a lot of capacity. To get rid of the .vswp space, you have to reserve parts or all guest memory. If your virtual machine has 16GB and you reserve 50%, your .vswp file is only 8GB. If you reserve 100%, the file is still there but with a size of 0 bytes. The file will never disappear completely.

    Please note that the swap file can only grow while the virtual machine is running. If you want to shrink the file (by increasing memory reservation) you have to power cycle the virtual machine.

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    No memory reservation (default):

    root@deore:/volumes/vol2/staging/Test_Bed# ls -al | grep vswp
    -rw------- 1 nfs  nobody  3221225472 Dec 23 13:31 Test_Bed-ad493981.vswp
    -rw------- 1 nfs  nobody   115343360 Dec 23 13:31 vmx-Test_Bed-2907257217-1.vswp

    With memory reservation locked-in:

    root@deore:/volumes/vol2/staging/Test_Bed# ls -al | grep vswp
    -rw------- 1 nfs  nobody           0 Dec 23 13:38 Test_Bed-ad493981.vswp
    -rw------- 1 nfs  nobody   115343360 Dec 23 13:38 vmx-Test_Bed-2907257217-1.vswp

     



  • 3.  RE: vswp file location

    Posted Sep 08, 2021 03:29 PM

     

    I reserved all memory and rebooted the guest but the vswp file remains large. Or should this be removed manually?

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  • 4.  RE: vswp file location
    Best Answer

    Posted Sep 08, 2021 05:19 PM

    In order for the setting to take effect, you need to power cycle the VM. A guest OS reboot is not sufficient.

    André



  • 5.  RE: vswp file location

    Posted Oct 04, 2021 11:00 PM

        

    Thanks guys, that's what was needed.



  • 6.  RE: vswp file location

    Posted Oct 12, 2021 03:19 PM

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  • 7.  RE: vswp file location
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    Posted Sep 11, 2021 01:06 AM

    To take effect you need to power cycle the VM and only guest OS reboot is not sufficient.