We have few prod VMs which are online, but their status in VC as orphaned. These VMs are not visible while directly connected to ESXi hosts.

If we can delete the orphane VMs from Inventory without down time..?
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Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications SpecialistCommented:
kbjijoAuthor Commented:
i am looking for how to remove orphan without down time. Could you please let me know
kbjijoAuthor Commented:
still vms are up and running. only options in inventory... powered on
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Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications SpecialistCommented:
So you don't have any VM which is down? I guess this is good.

Someone will update this thread soon with the best options.
Yes, you need to unregister and re-register the vm via the cmd-line.


The vm must have been added via the host rather than vcenter hence the error, and if it was created via the host in a DRS cluster, you also get the "invalid" error. Always create/add vm's via vcenter for ESX/ESXi hosts managed by vcenter.
piyushranusriSystem Cloud SpecialistCommented:
the query from your question is why VC as orphaned showing ?

hope the sql database is properly initiated and connected with vms

you can login to esx host direct and right click on vm the click on remove from inventory.

please share the output

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