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Accidently removed VMs from VMWare`

Posted on 2011-10-13
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12

We are using VMWare vSphere 4.1 and EqualLogic PS6000XV as iSCSI Datastore.

We have accidently removed one VM from vCenter and I need to recover it because I will need some data that was inside it.

Unfortunately I have no snapshots or backups for that specific VMs. I have used the option to Remove the VM from vCenter (not only from inventory) so it has been deleted from the storage.

Does EqualLogic has any feature or VMWare to recover that deleted VM without sending my whole storage to a recovery company ?

Question by:maxihost
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by:James H
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If your browse the datastore, you should see the folder for the VM
Just click on the VMX file and on the top right of the window (VMWare logo, three little windows icon) click on button to add VM to inventory
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I'm sorry to inform you it's gone.

Best course of action is to contact a Data Recovery ASAP.

I would recommend Kroll Ontrack, http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/

or restore from backup.
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@Spartan_1337: I have used the option to Remove the VM from vCenter (not only from inventory) so it has been deleted from the storage.
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Kroll Ontrack, http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/ can work remote!
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by:James H
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Oh sorry.. misread your post.. Hanccocka is correct.
If you didn't do any snapshots from the Equallogic box then you will have to take it quickly to a company as stated above.

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maytrix earned 2000 total points
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As Spartan suggested, the only way you could recover it would be using a snapshot on the equallogic if you are using snapshots.  Replication would also work if you happen to have SAN to SAN replication configured, but I suspect you do not.
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Did you recover from SAN Snapshot?
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by:James H
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I would like to know as well since I inquired about the EQL snapshots.

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I didnt recover, as I didnt have any EQL snapshots yet.

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