VMWare ESXi Datastore lost on cloning.
Posted on 2011-09-18
I recently purchased a new server with a raid controller, I purchased this as my previous server literally died. The previous server had a single 3.5" SATA drive. The new server takes four 2.5" SAS drives (RAID based). I installed my 3.5" drive with the previous ESXi installation into a desktop computer, and used Ghost4Linux to copy the contents to the RAID array (via a USB drive).
Now when I start the new server ESXi boots, and all seems to be running correctly, but the existing data store, with my VMs is not visible. I also receive a message that I must create at least one datastore.
Can anyone tell me how to recover the existing datastore with all my VMs? I presume that as the ESXi boots OK, then the cloning of the original disk must have been successful.