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Can't delete folder/files on ESX 4.1 host

Posted on 2014-07-28
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Hello Experts - I'm having problems deleting a folder on a datastore.  Its a Veeam replica of my exchange server.   The replications keep failing and support asked me to start over with a reseed of the replication.  When trying to delete the existing VM folder I get the following error for the folder and all files inside:

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Any ideas on how I can get this folder deleted so I can setup a new replica?
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I would first start with a reboot of the host, and then check the folder.

Is the folder in use?
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It always seems to come down to rebooting the host but that is not easily done, this device is remote and there is no KVM for me to hook into.  The folder should not be in use, the VM that was associated with it has been removed.  Is there no way to force the folder to be unlocked and deleted even from the command line?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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The only way, is to look at the processes on the host, and working out which process, has a lock on the folder.

In our experience, remoting into a host via (SSH), and looking through process lists is a waste of time, and a reboot is often quicker.

Rebooting can be done remotely, there is no need for a keyboard or mouse.
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Ok, reboot it is.  Thanks Andrew!
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