can't delete .vmdk file

Good afternoon to all Expert,
Excuse my English.

I have delete from disk 2 replicate on my Virtual Server.  When I browse in my datastore, I still see the two replicate but with only the *.vmdk file.  I can't delete it, it always gave me error.  can't delete file.

I don't know what to do.  I have version essentials of VMware and I can't get support.

Please help me find, what is wrong.

Thanks
Nancy
Nancy TherrienTI Tech and NetworkAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Before you try to Delete ANY VMDK?

Step Back, and Have a think, if the file is locked, because

1. it's being backed-up?

2. attached to any VM Backup appliance?

otherwise you will have to go through the "unlock procedure"

and to be honest you might as well restart your Host and try again, after a restyart.
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Raymond PengSystems EngineerCommented:
did you right click and delete "virtual machines" from the vm console?  Make sure the vms are shutdown and powered off.
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Nancy TherrienTI Tech and NetworkAuthor Commented:
I did right click and delete the virtual machine from disk, which is a replicate, but it is still a part in the datastore.  I did that for two replicate this morning and the same result for both.
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Haresh NikumbhSr. Tech leadCommented:
Try with Free Veem backup Edition

they have in build tool ie File manager with the help of that you can delete that file

http://www.veeam.com/virtual-machine-backup-solution-free.html#manage
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Nancy TherrienTI Tech and NetworkAuthor Commented:
Why the free edition of veeam ?  I do have Veeam Backup and Replicate 7.0.
Where do I install the free version ?
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Haresh NikumbhSr. Tech leadCommented:
File manager tool should be available in that too, check using that you can delete that file
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Nancy TherrienTI Tech and NetworkAuthor Commented:
Still not working.  But getting a better error message.  please see attached file.

I have gotten the same error for both machine.

Thanks
sql01-delete-error.jpg
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Hang ON here!

Just confirm, do you have a SNAPSHOT?

see my EE Article to check

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient
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Nancy TherrienTI Tech and NetworkAuthor Commented:
Just been able to delete the file but now I have 1 server that is not working anymore.  I can't understand why disk came mixted up like that.

My replicate of BAK-02 is not working anymore also, cause it is looking for a file on the one I have deleted.

Is there a way to see what file or server use what disk and what part of disk that are not involved in ?

Thanks.
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Nancy TherrienTI Tech and NetworkAuthor Commented:
good and fast answer.  Thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You should NOT HAVE DELETED ANY SNAPSHOT FILES!

Check the VM Settings, and Virtual Disks, e.g. Read my EE Article, and check if it was using a Snapshot Disk, which you have deleted.
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Nancy TherrienTI Tech and NetworkAuthor Commented:
Good Morning,  I have read your article.  It explain a lot of thing.
It's too late for me now, I have 3 Virtual machine not working anymore and replicate also.  I will have to rebuild everything.
Thanks for your help.
Nancy
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