colskinet
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Import datastore into ESX standalone host

All,

I had an ESXi 6.5 install with drives attached running fine.  I attempted to upgrade to 6.7 and this failed.  I then decided to do a fresh install of 6.7 which went without issue (the storage drives were untouched during the upgrade/install - I installed on a USB stick).

I thought it would see my existing hard drives but it is only seeing one.  I can see the physical drives in the vSphere client and the VMFS partitions are still on them.

How do I go about importing them back into the new build?  I've read about issuing a new signature but all the articles relate to a iSCSI setup.  This is local storage on a single host.

Thanks in advance.  I'd really like my VM's back!

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colskinet
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I've sorted this out now.

I had to issue a

esxcli storage vmfs snapshot list

and then

esxcli storage vmfs snapshot resignature --volume-label=xxx

This made them visible and I could then pull back my VMs!

TouchingTips
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I logged in to say thanks, had the same problem and this worked.

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