What happened to my VMDKs? :) Don't you love questions that open like that?
This is all ESX 6.5
We had two hosts. Host 1 had some VMs on it. I used Veeam to move the VMs to a new host, then I used the Delete From Disk on the old host once the VMs were moved to the new host and confirmed as running.
Eight (count them, 8) days later, I notice in Veeam that the VMs I moved had Zero used space but lots of provisioned space. So I looked some more and guess what, I have 5 VMs up and running, working perfectly, with NO VMDK files behind them. There is no folder on the datastore, no VMDK file, nothing.
I powered one off.
The VM name disappeared and was replaced with //vmfs/509g0t9e8f85040rldlgjt et al.
There is now no VM and no VMDK and no folder. I'm certain when I used the Remove From Disk, my VMDK files were gone, yet somehow the VM is still running as a cached file.
So, is there anything I can do before I start the restore process? Any way to "save" these VMs before I turn them off and then restore to this morning?