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cannot add existing vmdk to server file <unspecified filename> was not found

Posted on 2013-06-03
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HI

I constantly got error messages saying the datastore ran out of space on vmware datastore

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so i thought i will remove it from the server (not the datastore as well) in edit settings so that the people can work. the drive that is affected is only used for archives (old versions of the custom app)

now when i want to try and add it again after files was removed or moved to another server iam getting server file <unspecified filename> was not found

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the file still exists in the data store

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i have searched and the only similar issue i can see is the following but its not the same because there is no _flat drive ?

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_27648574.html

by the way the datastore do have some space free now.

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any ideas ?
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by:Zniper
ID: 39218110
maybe need to add it manually into the vmx file ?


scsi0:3.present = "TRUE"
scsi0:3.fileName = "213Svr-VipTerm.freight.````_4.vmdk"
scsi0:3.deviceType = "scsi-hardDisk"

will this work ?
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ID: 39218144
This happens when you remove a virtual hard disk from a VM with a snapshot attached.

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient

you need to add the last snapshotted disk to the VM, which chains all the other disks.

But I would concentrate on the merging of the snapshot disks, this is why the VM failed, because you ran out of datastore storage space.

We can complete a manually clone at the console or ssh remote session, and then it cna be added back to the VM.
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by:Zniper
ID: 39218151
there was no snapshot taken on the server. i checked that first when reading your other post ?
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ID: 39218158
You may need to re-create the file descriptor file.

this can happen that if a datastore fills up, the descriptor file can be lost.

you should have two vmdk files, when you look at the datastore from the console

vm.vmdk
vm.flat.vmdk

check if you have both these files?
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by:Zniper
ID: 39218216
there is already a _4-flat.vmdk file ?

Linux Dir of VMFS
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by:Zniper
ID: 39218254
i did edit the vmx file manually and now getting the old error again.

Out of space
and did check there is still enough space left on the datastore. :S

i even moved about 200gb from it yesterday ?

any other ideas ?
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by:corben2010
ID: 39218540
How can I see on screenshot of available free space on datastore "VMFS" was performed 07.02.2013. Try to refresh information about free space on datastore. Summarize disks size in the datastore browser seeing what amount is bigger than datastore capacity. Please write if I wrong.
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ID: 39218691
Are these thin disks, and do not have the data store space to expand?

eg, you have overcommitment the disks?

Also what is the datastore block size if this is VMware vSphere 4.x?

is this a 2TB virtual disk?
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Zniper earned 0 total points
ID: 39316586
log files was removed and when server came up archives was moved to another NAS unit.

moving the server to a san at the end of the month.
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by:Zniper
ID: 39326028
needed to remove log files from datastore to get server up and then move archive files on server to a NAS
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