restore snapshot of vcenter...oops vcenter is gone
Posted on 2012-12-29
So...while on holiday shutdown and after installing some network infrastructure I decided while home and bored I'd move my vcenter and sql servers from local drives to network drives with hopes of enabling HA and what not. My first attempts were to 'migrate' but the problem with that is the VM needs to be powered off and the VM's to be migrated are vCenter and SQL server so if they're off I can't exactly migrate them since I have no vCenter. Thus I tried cloning which worked but I did something I didn't want to do so I killed it and started over and then thought I should just 'move to another data store' except that this copies everything including all snapshots which was taking forever so in the process I thought hey just kill it, delete what's on the nfs share and go back to cloning. Catch my mistake??? I wind up deleting what was already moved which turns out was the .vmx file so when I went to add it into inventory there was no .vmx file to use. Of course I immediately realized I 'moved' files and already deleted them. I'm left with intact snapshots (I think) and an intact vmdk thus I need the simplest way to get the vCenter back online. Still have a few days left of holiday shutdown so I"m good. H E L P !!!! Thanks!