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Can't delete orphaned VM's

Posted on 2013-06-27
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Hi,

In my vcenter I have 2 VM's which are under Orphaned status.
I cannot find them on the host that is reported to host them and if I try to remove them from the inventory, the connection to the vcenter is restarted.

Any advice how can I remove them?
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Question by:cloudbase
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Connect directly to all hosts and try removing from inventory.
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by:compdigit44
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Adding on to hanccoka's post, try the following..

1) SSH to your host
2) In vCenter change your view to datastores -> Browse the datastore for the host in question and select the VM's folder. Try to right the VM's VMX file to re-register the VM in vCenter

On another note, has anything been done on these VM's recently
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by:cloudbase
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I found out that the problem comes from the host itself.
When I connected directly to the host, I don't see the orphaned VMs, but in vCenter I can see the VMs.

I also tried to remove the host from the cluster but it results in the same issue - the connection to the vCenter is being dropped and I need to log in again.

Currently the host is powered off, but I am unable to remove it from the cluster.
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You will have to remove them from the vCenter database.
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by:compdigit44
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INteresting..

I wonder if the vpx agent is corrupt. You could try to completely>>
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1003742
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by:cloudbase
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How do I remove the host from the DB?
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Sorry but this KB is talking about reclaiming space from the DB, not about manually remove items from within the DB
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by:cloudbase
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Tried both options.
Like I said, I suspect that the problem is with the host.
I could not move the VMs to the new folder (no error, simply could not).
I restarted the services and restarted the host several times, but this failed to solve my issue
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have to check the logs on the host for any errors?
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by:cloudbase
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The specific host was reinstalled so no logs there since it is not really connected to the vcenter.
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This KB is about other issues: disk space and shrinking the DB and logs.
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Sorry about that, I posted the wron article.

HUm.. have you tried to run a query on your vCenter DB to look for reference for your host then try to delete it?
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Try a query like this...

select ID from VPX_ENTITY where name ='<host_name>';
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Thank you all, we ended up with rebuilding the vcenter.
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