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VMWare Server VM is up and running. Shows unknown/invalid in infrastructure web access.

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I have had a production virtual machine running for over a year now without any problems. Today, it froze while taking a snapshot, would not respond on the network, ping, etc.

The VMware web interface is showing the VM as unknown/invalid and stating the .VMX may be corrupt. Then....it came up all by itself, is operating, I can log in. Everything is fine, except I have no way to manage it with the interface. I have no idea how it did that.

This is VMWare Server version 2 I believe, Operating on a Windows 2003 R2 Enterprise server.

Any suggestions?  Is there a way I can add it back into inventory without changing how it is working now?
Thanks, Chris
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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check the datastore, is the VMX and one of the vmdk missing?

you may need to re-create the VMX file and VMDK descriptor.
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by:ChrisHelvey
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No, nothing is missing. I have an old copy. Will that work? I just don't want to mess up what is working in trying to fix this.
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I would use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 and get a copy of the VM.
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Ah. So use the converter on the running VM?
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Correct, to get a good backup!
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by:ChrisHelvey
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I had to first DELETE the invalid machine it showed, then simply add the current VMX back in, and all was well. I was able to do this while the VM was running. No down time. All is well. Thanks for your help.
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