A few days ago, I tried to use an initial backup of an existent virtual machine to create a new one (as it was a template) using vmware converter standalone 5.0 into my ESX 3.5 server. I use a new name for the new virtual machine but the process failed. The worst thing is that the original virtual machine was removed from the esx, not from the library, but from the vmfs :smileyshocked::smileyshocked:
¿Can you think of any reason for this has happened?
Converter does not delete the source machine. It deletes the destination machine if case of failure.
It may happen, if the source machine files or folder (in vmfs, not VM folder!) gets renamed manually, that VC gets confused and deletes the wrong machine. I don't remember the details, this may not be precisely correct. The point is - does your process include some manual renaming?
The convert process asks for a name for the new virtual machine (is not possible to use the same name of an existing VM into the VC), but it's possible that the VM had some manual renaming at any time.
The converter error was "The virtual machine "XXXXX" already exists", despite of that there isn't any virtual machine into the destination virtual center with that name. I can't export any logs because there isn't any converter task related to this (Is it possible that it hasn't created any job?)