Multiple copies of VMs in ESXi datastores

ESXi 5.1 environment has multiple copies of VMDKs in multiple datastores. How do i discover which VMDKs are the actual ones my VMs are using? Pics attached
neon_revolutionAsked:
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Wayne88Commented:
What you're pointing at are not data stores but virtual HDDs.  Your Hard Disk 1 is in VM-Storage datastore and Hard Disk 2 is in data-stor001.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You have virtual disks on different datastores, not virtual machines on different datastores. This is completely normal, just have good documentation as to what VM disks are on what datastores.

Check the properties of EACH Virtual Machine disk....

it will show which disk is on which datastore....

from your screenshot

Hard Disk 1 is on datastore VM-Storage
Hard Disk 2 is on datastore Data-Stor001

but, if you are asking the relationship between OS Volume and Virutal Disk

e.g. which is C: and D:..... this is akwward... usually Disk 0 - its the 1st, Disk 1 is the 2nd, but not always....

You could re-size disk1 by 1GB.....check in Disk Management, which has the unallocated space....



The best thing to do, is run, the following application RV Tools, which will show which VMDKS are orphaned...

http://www.robware.net/
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Wayne88Commented:
Cool tool! Good one Andrew!
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neon_revolutionAuthor Commented:
Your awesome Andrew! Ok, so to confirm, using the tool. Under the 'Path' column, i see where the .VMX files are. So that is the path that the powered on VM is currently using, correct? Pic for clarification.

VMX
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That is absolutely correct!
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neon_revolutionAuthor Commented:
Let this question slip for a while. Great tips guys, got me all fixed up. Many thanks!
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