VMware support advised me to simply right click... delete through the datastore and that it's fine for the meta data to remain. I did this, however no free space was re-claimed. Any ideas? I'll update as the case progresses. Thank you, Zach.
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I do the following in such cases: I rename the file (or directory where the stale files are in) to <name>.delete
If that works, the file or folder, the file(s) were not locked and it's safe to delete them.
I never had a situation where the space was not reclaimed.
Just so I understand. On a vSAN datastore you would rename a file (making sure it was not in use) and the a right click... delete would remove the file and you would see that reflected in the free space available? Thank you, Zach.
After a bit of time passed the free space was reclaimed. Thank you, Zach.