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Hi All,
My VMW infrastructure consists of only 2 hosts in a cluster.

They use shared storage.

I'm seeing a virtual machine showing up under VSADs-0 and VSADs-1 in vCenter.  I'm not sure how that is possible.  This is the only machine showing in both data-stores.

If I view the console for both of them, it takes me to the same machine... so it doesn't appear to be a clone.
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Both configuration files point to:
[VSADs-1] SERVER1/SERVER1.vmx

Both working locations point to:
[VSADs-1] SERVER1/
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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I would power off the VM, and then remove from Inventory (but not disk).

and then re-add to inventory, Right Click VMX file, and select Add to Inventory.

The other method is to remove and check the SQL database, and remove from tables.
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When I re-add it to the inventory, again it shows up under VSADs-0 and VSADs-1...

Not sure why...
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Can you check it's definitely the same files and folder.

there's an easy way and a complicated, way

1. is digging around in vCenter SQL tables.

2. remove from inventory, create a new VM, and add the disks from the VM, something is clearly not correct with the VMX registration or SQL DB entries.
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I looked at the 'edit settings' for each VM showing up.

Both configuration files point to:
[VSADs-1] SERVER1/SERVER1.vmx

Both working locations point to:
[VSADs-1] SERVER1/

So it looks like they're using the same files.
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Clearly this is duplicated in the vCenter Db Tables, options apply as above.
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I have no idea how to view the SQL tables...  Any advice?
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I would recommend the remove from Inventory, create a new VM and then add the disks back.

otherwise you will need to use SQL Management Studio, to edit tables.
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I actually got this figured out.  I restarted the Vcenter server.  Once it booted it still showed the same problem.

I removed the Windows 2003 SVR cd image and saved the VM.  I guess by modifying the VM and saving it, VCenter updated the info.
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