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VMWare ESXi 4.1 - Accidentally deleted config files

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In the process of cleaning up a VMWare 4.1 all the configuration files for a running Virtual Server were deleted.  The actual hard disk files were not deleted because they were in use.  I thought I could just shut down the system and build a new VM and choose to add the Hard Disks that were previously created.  I shut down the VM and created a new Virtual Machine but when I go to add the Hard Drives the files are not listed.  I can see the files when I browse the DataStore.  It looks like there was a snapshot that had been created.  I have the following files...

Caroline-XXXXXX.vswp
Caroline-flat.vmdk
Caroline-000001-delta.vmdk

The delta file has today's date.

Please help.

Thanks,
John
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can you check you have just two VMDKs?

you may need to do this via SSH?

you should have

Caroline-flat.vmdk
Caroline.vmdk
Caroline-000001-delta.vmdk

do you have Caroline.vmdk ?

also screenshot would be good?

It looks like you are missing the descriptor file?

this can be re-created?

Recreating a missing virtual machine disk (VMDK) descriptor file
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I do not have the Caroline.vmdk file.  Here is a screenshot of browsing the datastore.


I'm going to try the recreating the VMDK descriptor file.  Is there any special concerns since there is a Snapshot?
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The descriptor has been deleted.

Create the descriptor as normal.

and then add the snapshot delta disk, because it chains the parent, or I could show you how to clone the disk, so you have a single parent disk.
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I created the descriptor files for both the main and the snapshot vmdk's.  When I attempt to add the disks to the new Virtual Machine I get an error:
An internal error occurred in the vSphere Client.
Details: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

I ran the vmkfstools -q on both files and they both came back with "... is not an rdm" which I think means both disks are good.

Not sure where to go.

I was able to mount the Caroline.vmdk drive and booted the VM and it came up and started windows but I need the Snapshot data.
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Now that you have started the VM on the parent disk, without the snapshot attached, you will now have to fix the mismatching CIDs!

see here

VMware KB: Resolving the CID mismatch error: The parent virtual ...

once you have done this, the best think would then create a new virtual disk, using the clone technique

vmkfstools -i <most recent snapshot file name> /vmfs/volumes/<temp folder name>/<newfilename.vmdk>

and then newfilename.vmdk is your new virtual machine disk to attach to your VM.
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Cloning the disk fixed it.  Thank you VERY MUCH!!!
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No Problems...Glad to help!
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