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remove a data store from vm client

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Hi,

I am trying to remove a couple of data stores from my vm client. But everytime I try to remove them, it says that it cannot be removed because it is being used by another process. What do I need to do to remove them? Thanks
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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Are you sure that none of the VMs which use the data store are powered on ?
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by:Sainai
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excuse me but I am a new to VMesx server. Ok so I am trying to create a new vmachine and from the data store that I created. The data store has max file size of 256 GB (my fault not paying attention). When I try to create a new virtual machine it doesn't allow me to because the Max size of the data store is 2TB. I am trying to resize the max file size to 2TB from 256GB. But can't find a way to change the size. So I tried to remove the data store but it says that it cannnot be removed cuz it is being used. It isn't added as a vmachine yet so don't know how to turn it off without logging into the vmclient. So how can I change the file size so I can add a virtual machine and load my os or how can I remove the data store so I can readd it? Thanks
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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1.Login using VI Client to the ESX Host
2.Navigate to this path : Configuration -> Storage

Are you able to find the datastore ?

If yes then click Properties and attach the screenshot here of our datastore.
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by:Sainai
ID: 24435625
 I have attached the file with a screen shot. So I click on the either of the data stored starting with 4a and then it tells me it can't be removed because it is being used. I can't figure it out. I need to remove it.
Thanx
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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My question - Is there any Virtual machine which is currently using this datastore ?
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by:Sainai
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no that's the problem. I can't create the virtual machine. I need the virtual machine so I can load an image that I have. But I can't create it and so I want to delete the data store and recreate it with the correct size for the max file size but it won't let me. thanx
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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What type of Datastore is it ? Local, NAS or SAN ?
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by:Sainai
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SAN. Did the attachment help at all?
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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I do not see any attachments in the thread.
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by:Sainai
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sorry I just noticed for crazy reason it keeps rejecting my .doc attachment. But the data store is a SAN.
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by:Sainai
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Is there anyway to remove it from the gui? I just read in a forum that I have to use fdisk to remove the partitions and then reboot and then recreate them using fdisk. Does this sound familar?
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vmwarun - Arun earned 250 total points
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Shutdown the ESX Host and request your SAN Admin to format the LUN/LUNs which has been presented to the ESX Host.

This will make them as good as new. Boot your ESX Hosts then and add Storage and make the modifications as you intend to.



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by:Sainai
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so no way to remove from gui?
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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I am not sure as to what process is being used when you try to remove the Datastore using GUI.
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by:Sainai
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I am now trying to just remove the volume itself. This seems nearly impossible. I deleted it via command line but it keeps showing up. Do you know how to delete the volume that was created?
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by:Sainai
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it won't stay gone when I try to remove the volume from the esx server.
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by:Sainai
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this was not the absolute solution but wanted to award the points for all the assistance. I had to delete the volumes via command line to get rid of them.
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