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Find the datastore for a specific VM in Vsphere 6

In Vsphere 5.x there is "Storage Views" tab when you select a VM, this will display the exact datastore where the VM resides. Then all we need to do is to browse the datastore to find the VM and view the files that make up the VM.

In Vsphere 6, I do not see an easy way to pin-point which datastore the VM resides on.

Any idea ?

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Question by:jskfan
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Download and use RV Tools here

http://www.robware.net/

or select Datastore Inventory View, it will show what VMs use which datastore.
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by:jskfan
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Where do you see this in Vsphere 6 ?
Datastore Inventory View
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Click Home > Datastores and Datastore Clusters
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by:jskfan
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Click Home > Datastores and Datastore Clusters

does not take you to the Exact Data store for the Selected VM.


In Vsphere 5.x there is "Storage Views" tab when you select a VM, this will display the exact datastore where the VM resides. Then all we need to do is to browse the datastore to find the VM and view the files that make up the VM.

Vsphere client 6 does not have that tab, it makes difficult to find  the exact data store for specific VM , unless if you keep digging around for while.
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Not sure, what you are referring to here, if I use Datastores and Datastore Clusters, select a datastore, virtual machines, it shows which virtual machines are present on that datastore.

Screenshot below, what's the issue with this, other - than it's a different method.....

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otherwise use RV Tools.

Remember, that the vSphere client is NOW DEPRECATED! END OF LIFE!

GONE DEAD RIP.

in the future it will not exist and we will all have to use Web Client.

Move on and start using Web Client.

Telephone VMware Support and Make a Complaint!
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by:jskfan
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Andrew,

what you are doing is selecting the datastore then looking what VMs  are in that datastore.

What I am looking for is typing the VM name to see in which datastore it is located.
As I said in vsphere client 5 they had Storage view tab , but in Vsphere client 6, they do not.
Well regarding web-client, how can you find in which datastore is specific VM on ?
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by:jskfan
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on Web Client , I found out that you can select Edit Setting of the VM then select the Hard Disk and you will be able to see the Data store
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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You can edit the VM in vSphere Client or Web Client and located the datastore.
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You are correct .. did not notice that you can find it in Vshere client
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Thank you
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