vshere 5.5 inactive datastore

Hi Experts,

I have disconnected a host from the datacenter and removed.
When I want to add this host again I get an error.

host add error
Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you connect directly to this host, via vSphere Client, rename the datastore, datastore_x, can you add it to vCenter Server.

it thinks that there are currently 3 virtual machines or templates on that datastore?

you have no greyed out virtual machines or templates in the inventory?
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
This was a local datastore with some isos.
Why the datastore is still saved ?

Do you have a trick to connect the again ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
do you already have another datastore called datastore1.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
no, the other local datastore is called datastore2
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if you click datastores in the inventory, datastore1 is not listed?
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
it is listed but greyed out,
see the pic.
datastore-inactive.JPG
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
when I exit the maintenance mode and rename the datastore, I have the same error.
Now I reboot the esxi host
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Check that no virtual machines, are using datastore1, e.g. you have no floppy drives or cd-roms, connected to images or isos, that were on datastore1.

this will prevent datastore1 from disappearing from the inventory.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
noting is connected, because it is a a local store from a disconnected host.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
now i added it again.
The idea was correct.
I have delteted the datastore on the host and created a new one.
Now the host is added again to my cluster.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No problems, glad it's working for you.
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