Foglight 7.2 Abandoned VM Report

When I run a abandoned VM files report it list the Vm in the screen shot as having files _1.vmdk and _2.vmdk as being abondoed.

Here is where I am confused. This VM has two HD's yet there are 4 _1 - _4.vmdk file listed .. Why?  They are not snapshots???

What are these extra files?

thoughts???
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compdigit44Asked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
They don't look like conventional snapshots, which are -0000x.vmdk, and you can always check if they are associated and in use by inspecting the Disk Settings in the VM as per my EE Article here

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient

Normally, and _1.vmdk is the name give to an additional file in the VM.

However, it can also occur, if you are using storage vMotion, and these will get left behind, and are not used.

We usually check they are not associated with a VM, and then move, to a folder called Lost & Found, and then archive them, and delete after 28 days.

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compdigit44Author Commented:
We do use storage vMotion but have never come across this before.

THey are not snapshots...

Tried to consolidate, create a snapshot then removal...etc..

The file remained.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If there were snapshots, you would see them in disk settings.

Storage vMotion!

I've seen them before...

you don't have VMs with similar names ?
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compdigit44Author Commented:
NO this was actually a new Vm build about 3 months ago.

We are still running 5.1 u1 for vCenter. Yes I know we are behind.

How could storage vmotion cause this? How can I correct it?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I've not found a fix, for this.

I would clear up the orphaned files (move) them to lost & found folder/directory.

and then re-check in 7 days.
compdigit44Author Commented:
I wonder if another s. vmotion would clear it.. .So this is not fixed in 5.5 or 6.0?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It's been around for ever. It happens, unless you have an Admin doing it!

the file is dis-attached, and left over, and was not deleted. So nothing is going to remedy it, other than manual removing it.

I would just they are not in use, and move to archive.
compdigit44Author Commented:
Thanks for letting me know............

SO I should create a folder on my network somewhere copy these files, then delete them...

Actually if the VM was using the files you would be able to delete them in the first place
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
SO I should create a folder on my network somewhere copy these files, then delete them...

Well, we create a folder, move the files, and leave them for 7 days, and then archive them. But follow what data policies you have!

Actually if the VM was using the files you would be able to delete them in the first place

You'll not be able to move them in in use, they'll be locked!
compdigit44Author Commented:
That is my point you would easy be able to tell if anything was using it because it would be locked
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Correct, but only if the VM was ON!
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