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the VM machines stopped due to a lack of disk space on the datastore

Posted on 2014-03-20
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Hello guys

No configuration has been changed on Vsphere  but an error message pops occasionally and says that the VM machines stopped due to a lack of disk space on the datastore. Nothing can then be done apart from restarting the server physically and start the vm machines again. I erased all vm snapshots so as to clear space but no space appears to be cleared. I also cleared space on the guest servers as well to no avail.

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by:theruck
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if you ar eusing dynamic disks then you wont gain space to datastore by clearing space on guest servers. if you cant start your vms anymore you need to add more space to the datastore through the vmware management console
if you do not have physical storage available you can use iscsi storage from a cheap NAS or any windows server 2012 server. after you add the disk space to the datastore youc an run maintenance on the servers to shrink disk space on them.
it will be a time consuming operatin though so just adding more disk space to your current datastore seems to be a quick win solution.
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by:techlabtest
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its a raid 5
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and who was asking ?
you need to know how much space you have . if you can not extend it, you need to delete some data from the datastore, iso images, snapshots or even whole machines to allow other machines to run.
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by:gheist
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You cannot delete using vmware once datastore is full. You need to sneak with other client and zap the files.
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by:Gerald Connolly
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What is your server and storage config, you said its RAID-5, but what controller how many disks etc. do you have slots to add extra disks?
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