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ESX 4.1

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We just installed ESX 4.1, as some of you may already know by default the datastore only allows a VM Disk to be 256GB. So we need to delete the datastore and create a new one that will allows to create bigger VM Disks. The problem is that we can't delete the datastore because it says a resource is in use. This is a fresh install of ESX 4.1 so n data has been added to the datastore. After looking into this issue I saw that esxconsole.vmdk was inside the datastore, but this is the actual ESX server OS, so I can't delete it. ESX 4.0 doesn't create that esxconsole.vmdk file in the datastore, so it has to be an issue with 4.1. Thanks!
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This is the error message I get
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This is what the datastore contains. NOTE: This is a fresh install, I haven't done anything other then try to delete the store.
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The official answer is you needed to reinstall your ESX server to move the console VM – this is the official stance by VMware.

But....

if you look at this article you can move it...

http://www.toniwestbrook.com/archives/168

But the problem you've got is you've only got one datastore? (unless you can connect to SAN).

So, you may have to proceed with a re-install. It's probably just as quick.
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The esxconsole.vmdk is normal for an installation of ESX 4.1, to install the "VM" service console in the datastore.
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Well, you don't have to reinstall it (see VMware KB: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1013210), but since it's a new install and nothing there really, you might as well. Here is the VMware KB on how to change your datastore block size during install: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1012683

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