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Thembi Moyo
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I am running an old ESXi 5.5 host. I had power failure and a VM reported that it was "inaccessible". I removed it from inventory and created a new VM and attached the existing VMDK to the new VM. I can not seem to boot the new VM it says "OS not found". What did I miss? Please help.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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An inaccessible usually indicates, that a datastore has failed, and hence where the VM is located is inaccessible.

OS not found, suggest the VMDK is corrupted. (from the console or remotely via ssh)

Have you checked the sizes on disk?

You could possible try and verify the VMDK to check if is corrupted.

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Thank you Andrew for getting back to me on this matter.

I managed to access the datastore and this is what I see. DB

How do I get the vmx into inventory?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Browse the datastore, Right Click the VMX file, and select Add to Inventory.

Check the sizes of the files.

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Add to Inventory is greyed out...
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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That suggests it does not recognise it as a VMX configuration file.

Check sizes, you can also check the contents, it's on a text file.

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I failed to vi the .vmx file or any other. The Sizes look ok but i cant access them.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Looks like all files on your datastore are corrupt.

Hence the VMDK not booting.

What supports the datastore, RAID, single disk etc

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Its single disks...
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Not the best, I'm afraid you'll need to restore your virtual machine from backup.

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