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Could not power on vm: no swap file

Our ESX servers went down hard.  Now, when I try to bring up a VM, I get the following error message: Could not power on vm: no swap file.

We have 15 ESX servers.  I cannot go through each server to kill any rogue processes related to the VM I'm trying to power on.  

Does anyone have a way that I can quickly resolve this problem?
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xi2pay
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xi2pay
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Check the space on the VMFS make sure you have enough space for a swap file, if there is no space available you may copy off one of the virtual machines off the datastore.  Just make sure it's not a space issue on the datastore first.  I've had issues come up like this when backing up VMs and the snapshots didn't delete properly causing space issues on the datastore such as this.
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counterrootCommented:
well.... let me see...
you have a cluster as I understand...
check this:

ps -efl | grep $NameOfTheServer$
for $NameOfTheServer$ you give the Servername ^^

take the processnumber (for example "1321") and run:
kill -9 1321

Every Process related to the VM will be killed. You have to run this on each server to be sure to can start the vm.

µatthias
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xi2payAuthor Commented:
thanks for the help. wound up contacting vmware.
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