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FLAT vmdk virtual disk will not mount in our restore server VM

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Hello!

We have a little problem that i have google without any conclusive answers.. I try to make this short!

VmWare

- We have a restore server, server 2008 VM
- I have used NTbackup to take backup to tape of our fileserver 2003 (cloned VM).
- The disks on the backup tape has been renamed with "flat_.vmdk"
- Vsphere sees the virtual disk as file..

I need to mount this 550GB (flat disk) from our fileserver in our restore server.. But Vsphere doesn't see it at all, but i can see it in our SAN. I have exported the disk from take.

I also have a complete clone of our fileserver, but the disks is flat:)

I hope that someone can helps us!
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Have you tried the VMware Mount Utility?

See here for usage
http://www.petri.co.il/virtual_mount_vmware_virtual_disk_without_vmware.htm
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Noe, but i will try that, thanks!:) Takes some time to recover 550GB from tape..
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Yes, we abandonded tape in 2004!
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:) We also, but i'm trying to get an important contract out from an old tape.. We use Datadomain now and backup clones,
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if you only have the -flat.vmdk then you either need to restore the appropriate descriptor file for each -flat or recreate the descriptor manually.  recreating a missing virtual machine disk (vmdk) descriptor file (http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1002511)  each ESX(i) disk is composed of a -flat (i.e. data file) and a descriptor (tells the system how big, where, # of cylinders, etc...).  one without the other will leave you high and dry.
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VMware Mount Utility didn't work:) But a nice tool that i did not know about.. Thanks Danm66, that did work!
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Thanks for the feedback!
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