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Changing UUID for Veeam Restored vmdk drive ESXi 5.0

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How do I change the UUID on a restored vmdk drive. Can I change it in vCenter. If so, how? Can I change it on the ESXi host? If this is possible how do I edit the UUID on the host? Where do I get the a new valid UUID from?

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this can be changed at the console (e.g. login via SSH or remotely)

vmkfstools -J setuuid <vmname>.vmdk

see here

HOW TO: Select the right answer to "I Moved It" or "I Copied It" in VMware vSphere (ESXi)

Changing or keeping a UUID for a moved virtual machine (1541)
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Andrew,

I read through the links you recommended. They appear to be addressing the case where an entire vm is restored (copied or moved).

I want to restore a single drive (vmdk) that is currently in my Veeam backup archive; and attach it to a production vm in my vCenter inventory.  I was under the impression that there was a UUID associated with the disk that would have to be changed in the case of a 'copy' after the restore.

Am I mistaken?  Can I just retore the vmdk drive and add it to an existing vm without making any changes?  FYI: I am operating in a VCD envrionment.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 375 total points
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this can be changed at the console (e.g. login via SSH or remotely)

yes, so if you want to change UUID of the disk!

vmkfstools -J setuuid <vmname>.vmdk

UUID of machine see Articles above!
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