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I have deleted a VM for VSphere client , I was not sure if I deleted it from disk.
I would like to search for it in all datastores. is there an easy way to find it so that I can delete the related files.

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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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The VMware Community Pack has a script which can show unallocated or orphanced VMDK files, e.g. VMDK (virtual machine disks) which are not connected to any VM in the inventory.

or using PowerCLI

# this example will list all files and subfolders that starts with Win7
# inside the datastore with name datastore1.

ls vmstores:\myServer@443\Datacenter\datastore1\Win7*

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or you could login to the server via SSH/Console, and use the ls command
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by:jskfan
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Do I need to login to each ESX server via SSH and run the command you posted ?
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@jskfan - no, if you log in to PowerCLI, your first command would be:
Get-ExecutionPolicy

If Restricted is shown, type:
Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

Run Get-ExecutionPolicy again to verify the policy changed to RemoteSigned

Next, connect to your vSphere infrastructure - specifically, to vCenter by typing:
Connect-VIServer vcenterServerNameOrIP

Then, you can run Andrew's cmd and it will be run against your whole infrastructure that is connect to that particular vCenter Server.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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by:paulsolov
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another way to do this is to install rvtools (robware.net).  Great tool and one of the columns has a health tab which includes "zombie" VMs, basically VMs that are on the datastore but are not registered.  This is a easy way to get what you need.

Also has a lot of good info like snapshots, space left on volumes, etc..
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by:piyushranusri
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please browse these related URL

1. http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1005049
2.http://kevinmarkwardt.com/orphans/ ( a script to create a list of all of the vmdk’s on the current VM’s and then it will scan all of the datastores and attempt to match them up)


please share the output
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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If you have limited experience of PowerCLI, I would recommend the VMware Community Pack, which is almost designed ready to go with limited PowerCLI scripting abilities.
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Is this command Powercli ?

ls vmstores:\myServer@443\Datacenter\datastore1\Win7*

it looks like Linux

I have installed powercli. I am not sure which is better powercli or vcli..I believe vcli uses Linux commands while powercli uses Microsoft commands
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I guess powercli will use : Get-VM  command
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Yes, it's a VMware command, it actually "pipes the command" to the ESXi console.

I would recommend using the following, also VMware recommends the use of PowerCLI, which is PowerShell interface with vSphere-specific additions.

http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/server/vsphere/automationtools/powercli

One of the simplest PowerCLI examples, and something which is actually extremely useful on its own, is the Get-VM cmdlet. Which lists VMs.

PowerCLI can be a bit overwhelming to use,  But it can be enhanced with a nice toolset and a library of preconfigured scripts to jump-start your mass changes, which is possible with PowerGUI

http://powergui.org/index.jspa

again, if you are not familiar with PowerCLI use the

VMware Community Pack

http://www.virtu-al.net/featured-scripts/vmware-powerpack/
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Thank you
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