VWware ESXi Deleted Snapshot Files
Posted on 2010-04-05
Today an admin was cleaning up one of our file servers, when he accidentally deleted out an entire shapshot file that should not have been live or located on the file server instead of the vmware store in the first place , but was - filename1_1-000001.vmdk . There is no backup of this shapshot. It is gone.
Now the VM now won't boot, and the logs report:
Message from server.com: VMware ESX cannot find the virtual disk
"/vmfs/volumes/34c09f6d-0dd64aff/VM1/VM1_1.vmdk". Please verify the path is valid and try
again. Cannot open the disk
'/vmfs/volumes/49887fe4-f4e75dfe-7c8d-0004239ac436/VM1/VM1_1-000001.vmdk' or one of the snapshot disks it depends on. Reason: The system cannot find the file specified.
We don't have virtualcenter but we do have console access to the VMware ESXi server.
I have taken the VM offline and created a backup to experiment. Does anyone know a fix for this? There are two snapshots and two disks on the server - it is the second disk that seems to be the problem - the D: drive of the server running the VM.
Looking through the .vmdk descriptor files, it seems like the first snapshot that is missing.
Any suggestions? I've read about the CID chain but that doesn't seem to apply when an entire shapshot is missing.
Thanks a million,