This operation reclaims space that was freed (upon VM deletion, or VM migration), making it available for reuse.

  • The operation is available for volumes that:
    • Are thin
    • Have a datastore


In order to reclaim the freed space:

  1. In vSphere Web client select the desired host or cluster.

  2. Locate Host PowerTools for VMware System List. Follow the instructions here: Locating the Host PowerTools for VMware System List.
  3. Locate the the desired volume in the table.
  4. Select Reclaim Space from the Actions list.
    The space reclamation process is initiated for the selected volume. 
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