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Deleted VM Recovery

Hi,

Is there any way we can recover "deleted from disk vm".
If we delete a vm from disk does it also delete the snapshot?

Please suggest!
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Benjamin MOREAUProject ManagerCommented:
Vmware have no 'recycle bin'... So you have to use backup to recover your deleted VM
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Benjamin MOREAUProject ManagerCommented:
If your data are very important, you can contact some "data recovery software providers" :

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=1015413&sliceId=2&docTypeID=DT_KB_1_1&dialogID=812592708&stateId=1

But i think it will be expensive & complex (more complex on RAID systems...and probably not possible)
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The first post is not strictly true, there is no recycle bin, but there are tools, we have successfully used to recover files.

These are the tools we have used:-

Disk Internals VMFS Recovery
http://www.diskinternals.com/vmfs-recovery/

we use to use this alot, we don't use it any more, see below

VMFS recovery
http://vmfsrecover.com/

We have great success with this tool.

UFS Explorer
http://www.ufsexplorer.com/

we have great success with this tool as well.

If you do not have any backups, you may want to consider Kroll Ontrack, Data Recovery Specialists
http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/data-recovery/
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Benjamin MOREAUProject ManagerCommented:
Sorry, I don't know this products Andrew.
Are they OK for restore from RAID 5 (for example) ? If yes, It is very interresting :)
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Techie solutionVMware SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Can we recover those vms which do not have backup as  well.
I never used any of the above tool, any suggestion for the beginners?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
There is a good chance, if you have deleted the files, VMDKs, in error, and made no other changes to the datastore, the files will be intact and recoverable.

All the tools are available as free trials, so you can test them, if you have zero backup.
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Techie solutionVMware SpecialistAuthor Commented:
ok,
Which tool would you recommend?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I listed them, the last two!
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Techie solutionVMware SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Do you have step by step guide to use any of the above tool?
I tried searching in youtube but no luck.

Thank You!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I'm sorry, I don't if you are not familiar with the data recovery techniques, I would suggest Kroll Ontrack, Data Recovery Specialists - http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/data-recovery/.
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