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Yeah... this has been an ongoing issue since Mid-December and we finally decided to just rebuild our vCenter server on another host.  I went and did the New Virtual Machine stuff and did 'custom' so that I could browse and grab the .vmdk and *_1.vmdk files from our SAN for the disks.
 
Now, this all worked great on Friday.  I come in today... and it's not working.  D: drive (*_1.vmdk) is gone, and I can no longer remote to the server.  I can't vSphere to it, nothing!
 
So... we rebuild again, changing the name of the server we just built to _old after shutting it down.
 
When I go to grab the .vmdk files again, they're... changed?  I can't explain it!  I have attached a screenshot of what I'm taking about.
 
Now... is there a way to fix this?  And if not, is there a way to regain the information taht was on those files to manage our environment?

Help??
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looks like your virtual machine disks have become corrupted or missing.

if you can connect the SAN to a Windows OS, via iSCSI, it may be possible to recover the virtual machine disks using VMFS Recovery.

http://www.diskinternals.com/vmfs-recovery/
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by:joynereh
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We're running 4.1.  Which I should have stated at the beginning... I don't think this will work, will it?
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Yes, it will, it scans the VMFS partition for missing vmdks. If it finds any if will list them, as able to recover, you can then register and pay for the software to complete that function.

if the missing vmdks are worth that recovery investment.
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Veeam is happy to provide a free NFR license for one year.  It allows for the non‑production use and valid for five workstations and two servers. Veeam Agent for Linux is a simple backup tool for your Linux installations, both on‑premises and in the public cloud.

 

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by:joynereh
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OK... so I have one more question:

We found a snapshot of the vCenter from in Dec.  Is there a way, without vCenter, that we can use that to restore it?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1365 total points
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No, unfortunatelty not, the snapshot is the delta (the changes), you also need the parent disk.
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Ugh!  I was afraid of that... well... off to rebuild vCenter it is then!  Luckily, our SQL server was moved off of the original host and is up and operational. LOL

Thank you so much for all of your help!  I really appreciate it.
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