VM descriptor file missing

Posted on 2014-07-29
Last Modified: 2014-10-13
Hi Guys

We recently came across with a problem with a couple of VMs which we restarted or shutdown or vmotion, the VM would not start up due to missing filename.vmdk file (the descriptor file missing).

We did fix the problem, but we would like to know what would have caused this? Not all VMs were affected, only a couple.

Would be good if we had some reasons why this had happened.

Question by:goraek
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    Expert Comment

    Not having any other evidence: major storage fault
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    I'm afraid this is more common, than you would think, and does happen.

    At least 4-5 people on EE report this happening to them every year.

    Are you using local storage, because I've only ever seen this issue with local storage, and suspect Read and Write CACHE on the Storage Controllers.
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    Accepted Solution

    We were able to fix it by restoring the descriptor file. Unsure why this has happened but I believe this is a common issue.
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    Author Closing Comment

    Resolved by restoring descriptor file

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