Is there a way to prevent users from thick provisioning on 6.7?

Morning All,

Users are using far too much space when they are provisioning their VMs. One of the worst examples was someone thick provisioned 500Gb for a training box.

There must be someway to prevent users from being able to take as much storage or resources they want. Is there a way to prevent thick provision or limit the amount of storage/ Compute per machine or per User?

Thank you

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  1. Depending on the level you have, I think using storage policies can be used to prevent this.

    With regard to preventing people from asking for too much space, there are a couple of options:
    1. Chargeback
    2. Gateway access with automation and templates
    3. Removing ability to provision from people

  2. Solutions, if your users aren’t going to get better:

    – Deduplication on the storage

    – Zero detection on the storage, combined with Thick Provisioned Eager Zeroed.


    On the storage/resources: that’s pretty much what resource groups are for.

  3. I’m not sure if there is a way to do this with storage policies. Other than switching to a template driven workflow with Restricted permissions for the user accounts.

    Other things that may help

    VSAN Dedupe and compression –

    You need all flash on VSAN to enable Dedupe

    Dedupe and compression on shared storage –

    Nimble/3par, WD and Dell arrays already have this built in on most of their new hybrid arrays and all flash arrays

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