Disk mapping does not work for dynamic disks on Windows
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Disk mapping does not work for dynamic disks on Windows


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VMware VMware vSphere ESXi


Users may encounter this issue if using dynamic disks on Windows Guests.


The disk mapping information that VMware Tools usually reports through GuestInfo is not available for Dynamic Disks on Windows Guests.


VMware Tools 12.x
VMware Tools 11.x
VMware vSphere 7.0.x


The determination of disk mapping information relies on the Windows ioctl operation IOCTL_STORAGE_QUERY_PROPERTY, which fails on dynamic disks.  This is a known issue for Windows. For more information, please refer to:


For all usages except mirror boot volumes (using a mirror volume to host the operating system), dynamic disks are deprecated. For data that requires resiliency against drive failure, use Storage Spaces, a resilient storage virtualization solution. For more info, see Storage Spaces Overview.

Microsoft's recommendation to customers using dynamic disks, other than for mirrored boot volumes, is to switch to Storage Spaces or revert to basic disks. For more information, please refer to Change a dynamic disk back to a basic disk


Currently there is no resolution to the issue.


To workaround the issue, please use Storage Spaces or basic disks instead of Dynamic Disks with Windows Guests.