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kzen
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Contributor

How can I determine if an apparently abandoned VM is actually abandoned

I resently took over the management of an esxi 4.1 environment, where my storage people are shuffeling the storage connections (adding and removing).

I found within a datastore an apparent virtule machine (directory and content) and I do not find a correcponding registered virtual machine registered within my vCenter. This would cause me to conclude that this VM could be deleted.

How can I be sure that this VM is actually defunct and can be deleted without causing any harm to the rest of the universe. I do not feel comfortable in registering it let alone turning it on any where. What signs do I look for to determine linkage, last usage, or any other usefull information to determine its future before blindly deleteing and loosing smething that I should not loose.

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Linjo
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Leadership

Is there a virtual machine-log? That should give some indication on when it was last used.

// Linjo

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lenzker
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Enthusiast

the simpliest way to check this, is by using RVtools.

http://www.robware.net/

this is a very popular light weight management tool. If you go to the vHealth tab, all the VMs which are not registered to a vCenter, but are available at the datastore will be shown as a zombie.

You can do similiar checks with powercli as well, but I think rvtools is the easiest solution!

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