Restoring a VM using VMDK files
Posted on 2011-05-05
I am trying to bring a previously created W2008 R2 virtual machine, from some vmdk files created a few months ago by another team. The following files were saved to a windows share.
Some names are changed for purpose of this question.
I used the vshphere client to browse to a suitable datastore with space and ensured no files already
I used the client to create a new vm with name Server01-physical and selected the datastore. I did not create a disk at this stage. This made a folder with vmx file.
I then used vsphere client to copy the files from the share to the datastore which took about 10 minutes. When I did this, the flat file and delta disappeared from the datastore and I was left with a vmdk. So from 7 files it copied 5 if you like.
I then edited the vm settings to add a new disk and pointed to the only vmdk available. But I cant get the vm to start, it says Operating System Not found.
I checked the virtual BIOS, looks okay though not seeing a disk on the SCSI.
Something not right, wonder if anyone can advise.
I dont know what the original vm was called, all I know was it worked and was W2008 R2. I dont have the vmx for that machine.