How to work in lvm storage.


New Member
Apr 21, 2015
Little point to note up front: I come from Proxmox 3 and I'm used to all VM files just sitting some vz directory somewhere in var. These directories on PX5 are empty. (this is a default install)

So now i'm trying to move/migrate a VMWare machine to Proxmox, the part that involves converting the vwmare disk into something Promox can use is obvious enough, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to put the disk into the large storage cluster in Proxmox as that's an LVM storage group and can't just casually browse to it using a tool like WinSCP.
I must somehow directly upload it to te big storage because the disk image is bigger then the local directory storage of proxmox.

How do I best go about doing this?


Famous Member
Apr 22, 2009
Ahrensburg; Germany
depends how big your vmware disks and your local storage is.

with more than twice free space in the lv data (thin provisioning - looks with "lvs") you can do somthing like this:

create transfer-LV (in this case 150GB and mount it on /mnt
lvcreate -V 150G --thin -n restore pve/data
mkfs.ext4 /dev/pve/restore
mount /dev/pve/restore /mnt
scp "vmdisk.thick" /mnt/
After that you can create an VM with an disk bigger or equal the size like the vmware-disk.

Then convert the vmware.disk with qemu-img (output directly to your vm-disk, like /dev/pve/vm-100-disk-1 ).

If your VM start after that, umount /mnt and remove /dev/pve/restore



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