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How to find the fileshare in VMware Vsphere VM when I cannot see the VM in the "configuration" "datastores"

Posted on 2011-09-29
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It's not there after a "refresh" command.  And the VM is (inaccessible); vmware forums suggest that the vmx may be corrupted, and the best way to resolve this (if there's no underlying issue) is to backup the files, then build a new VM using the existing vmdk configuration files.

I need to find the files for me to back them up first...what's the best way to find them?
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Browse the datastore, then browse into the folder named for the VM.
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Forgot to ask what version of ESX or ESXi are you running?

On the properties of the VM, you should see the LUN or volume in use and should be able to browse it, then drill into the folder of the server.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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1. Veeam FastSCP (http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp.html)

Fast Virtual Machine / File Transfer. Faster than WinSCP and other SCP-based tools as it uses full network capacity. The Veeam FastSCP engine also features traffic compression and empty block removal for best file copy performance.

You can use FastSCP to connect to the ESX/ESXi server, and download the entire virtual machine folder/directory to the current workstation or server, where yov've connected from. You must ensure that the virtual machines are powered off to complete this operation.

2. Datastore browser

The datastore browser is included in the vSphere GUI Client, and enables you access to the datastore, virtual machines are stored on. You can simple use the cut and paste, or download/upload options to backup and restore virtual machines. Again to copy a virtual machine, the virtual machine must be powered off.

Restoring with options 1 and 2, above, you must add the Virtual Machine manually to the inventory, by selecting the vmx file in the datastore browser, right click on the *.vmx file, and select "Add to Inventory".
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Thank you, you two.  The datastore browser does not work as the VM does not appear in there!
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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You cannot find the VM Folder using the Datastore Browser?

if it's not being displayed by the Datastore browser it does not exist on the datastore.

It should display the folder, vmx files, vmware.logs, virtual machine vmdks etc
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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A VM marked as VM is (inaccessible) is exactly that - it's possibly gone.
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You've not had any storage failure, e.g. missing datastores, from shared storage Fibre Channel or iSCSI, NFS datastores?

local datastore or local disk failed?
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Turns out it was a storage failure!?

Crazay...OCZ PCI-X 512GB drive, 2 of 'em!  Nice drives too
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What OCZ models are you using, and what version of ESXi?
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