Vmware Mount Linux

Dec 28, 2021

Problem

I'm trying to mount and explore a vmdk (vmware) disk image

I've been reading several guides

I read through one online

my understanding is that I need to use cfdisk, but I'm unable to run it with the mounted image

vdfuse -w -f windows.vmdk /mnt/

* *I can see the partitions after this

*I can see the whole disk after

# ll /mnt/
total 41942016
-r-------- 1 te users 21474836480 Feb 28 14:16 EntireDisk
-r-------- 1 te users  1569718272 Feb 28 14:16 Partition1

* After I mounted the whole disk or just a partition, I used

mount -o loop,ro /mnt/Partition1 mnt2/

* That error means that you don't have a writable filesystem. In my efforts to find the correct FS type, I tried

dd if=/mnt/EntireDisk | file -
which outputs a ton of information but of note is:
/dev/stdin: x86 boot sector; partition 1: ....... FATs ....

* So, I tried to mount the USB like a FAT partition.

mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock ...etc

* I don't know what I'm doing

Solution

One potential solution for this issue is

guestmount

* * Mount the third partition in a VMDK:

guestmount -a xyz.vmdk -m /dev/sda3 --ro /mnt/vmdk

Clone images without error by trying the following.

guestmount -a xyz.vmdk -i --ro /mnt/vmdk

*Note that it's the flag

--ro

* * Linux can use read-only or read-write to mount an ISO image.

--rw

Installation

guestmount

* is available in the following distributions:

Ubuntu:

libguestfs-tools

OpenSuse:

guestfs-tools

Instructions for installing Docker on Fedora

libguestfs-tools-c

Troubleshooting

error: could not create appliance through libvirt
$ guestmount -a file.vmdk -i --ro /mnt/guest
libguestfs: error: could not create appliance through libvirt.

Try running qemu directly without libvirt using this environment variable:
export LIBGUESTFS_BACKEND=direct

Original error from libvirt: Cannot access backing file '/path/to/file.vmdk' of storage file '/tmp/libguestfssF6WKX/overlay1.qcow2' (as uid:107, gid:107): Permission denied [code=38 int1=13]

Solution: use

LIBGUESTFS_BACKEND=direct

**, as suggested:

LIBGUESTFS_BACKEND=direct guestmount -a file.vmdk -i --ro /mnt/guest
fusermount: user has no write access to mountpoint
LIBGUESTFS_BACKEND=direct guestmount -a file.vmdk -i --ro /mnt/guest/
fusermount: user has no write access to mountpoint /mnt/guest
libguestfs: error: fuse_mount failed: /mnt/guest/, see error messages above

Solution: use

sudo

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