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DELETE FROM DISK greyed out in VSPHERE CLIENT, cant delte the VM!!!

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i am unable to delete a vmware image from VSPHERE CLIENT
when i right click on the VM i want to delete, almost everything is greyed out, including REMOVE FROM INVENTORY
any ideas? im able to delete the other VMs on the list.
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Is a Task In Progress on this VM?

Restart Network Management Agents on the Host ESX/ESXi server.
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The VM needs to be powered down. Is it off?

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no task in progress, i think this was a VM that was created and then the files were deleted from the DATASTORE
im not 100% sure
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by:jsctechy
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the VM is off, i think it might be pointed to a file that was deleted from the local data store? (someone problably deleted it incorrectly)
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by:coolsport00
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Ok, try rebooting vCenter Server to see if it 'clears' out. You could 1st try to restart the mgmt agent on the host the VM was on, as mentioned above:

services.sh restart

...from the DCUI of ESXi; if you have ESX, you can Putty to the service console and run:

Service mgmt-vmware restart

Reference this KB: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003490

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it now shows UNKNOWN (INACCESSIBLE)
how can i remove it from the list?
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by:coolsport00
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Can you now remove it from Inventory?
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Right Click, Remove from Inventory.
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by:jsctechy
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its greyed out, i cant remove it from inventory by right clicking on it.
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by:coolsport00
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Are you logged onto vCenter or host directly? Try logging on host, rt-click the VM and remove from inventory.
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by:jsctechy
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im logged into the host directly not usinv Vcenter

when i go to VIEW>ADMINISTRATION>ROLES i can see the ROOT user under the READ ONLY and ADMINISTRATOR roles, why would it be under the read only? shouldnt it just be under ADMINISTRATOR?
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what use have you logged in with?

have you changed any of the default permissions?
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by:jsctechy
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im logged in with ROOT
i havent changed any of the permissions, i am able to delete the other VMs, i think this might be orphaned? not sure how to get rid of though
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coolsport00 earned 500 total points
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The only other option I can think of, outside of what we shared, is to reboot the actual host. Not sure if you can do that during business hrs or not?...
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Yes, it's clearly orphaned. Usually you can Right-Click, and Select Remove from Inventory, but I've known incidents when things, "go weird", I've currently got a client site with a phantom datastore, that's also grey out that cannot be removed!

At next reboot, check if it's still there. (it won't do any harm).
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by:jsctechy
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its in our dev environment, i rebooted it already and thats when it went from the host name to UNKNOWN
no option to delete or remove... i found something on the vmware website that says to add a folder to VCENTER and then add the VM to that folder and then delete the folder... the only problem is i dont have VCENTER
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You can download a trial of vCenter.
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