Unable to delete a folder in ESX datastore browser

Posted on 2009-12-23
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Last Modified: 2013-11-11

Running VMware ESX Server 3i build 153875 on several machines.  I've been using VMWARE server for a while, but new to the ESX series.  

Anyway, i had several virtual machines that i'd converted that were on the datastores, but i'm unable to delete them for some reason.  The first picture (problem1.jpg) shows that the 'delete' button is greyed out, even though there's nothing in the folder, and (problem2.jpg) the machine isn't running or even in the server inventory, so i don't know :(
Question by:Mystical_Ice
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Try selecting the root "/" then select the folder you want to delete on the right pane NOT from the tree, try to delete again
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ryder0707 earned 1000 total points
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Does that work for you?
If not login to the console http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2008/08/10/howto-esxi-and-ssh/
cd /vmfs/volumes/datastore2
Then type the following
rm -rf hou-dc

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haven't been able to try this yet; i'll be going to the site later this week and will try it then
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Have you been able to remove the folders? I am trying to do the same thing.

The name of the server is vm1. The folders are in a Datasotore (SAN). I have connected to the server but this is all I have when running ls -l

Any suggestions?

[root@vm1 root]# ls -l
total 24
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1187 Jun  1  2009 anaconda-ks.cfg
drwxr-xr-x    2 root     root         4096 Jun  2  2009 emctmp
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root        11117 Jun  1  2009 install.log
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         2190 Jun  1  2009 install.log.syslog

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Zo_2008 earned 1000 total points
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Browse your datastore
click the search tab
look for your folder
right click it and select "delete from disk"

Volia :)
Eagle of Algeria

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ID: 26137792
Yep...That did the trick...

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