Where can I find some relevant information about sysSwap-hls-xxxxxxx.swp created in a datastore?
No of files are same as number of hosts and .swp files are only found when hosts are in a cluster. I dont see these files for a stand-alone esxi host
found a lil info on VMTN but they dont give any insight.
Thank You in advance
I'm curious about the same thing. Can't dismount a datastore, even though it passes all the checks successfully (vSphere 5.1). Anyone have insight?
I to would like to know what these are. And why I cannot unmount the datastore.
I have a pair of them that are consuming a gig of storage in an old swap file datastore that we are doing away with and instead will be storing swap files with the VM on our new array.
I was on the phone with VMware support this morning who is supposed to get back to me on this issue. I was told that another application makes these swp files... Curious what storage system(s) are you guys using? And are you using vcenter ops manager?
I wonder what applications use these "swap" files?
only scenario i have seen these swap files is when we have diff "Virtual Machine Swapfile Location" than default, under advance settings
BTW, we are on NetApp and not using vcops anymore
Yeah we were actually using the NetApp best practice of having a dedicated swap file datastore. We're in the process of moving off of our NetApp storage. As we did the migrations I was scripting a group of VMs to override the cluster settings to store the vswp files with the VM. I did a svmotion to the new storage array, then did a vmotion to another host to move the VM's swap file. After we finished the migration of all the VMs to the new storage, we changed the cluster settings for the dedicated swap datastore to store with the VM. Then I basically reversed the script that did the VM override on swap file location. So in theory all swap files should have been moved.
Unfortunately in our case we have a bunch of vmx-VMNAME-xxxxxx.vswp files left on that datastore that are all roughly 100mb each.
Then on top of that we have the sysSwap-hls files as well that are about a gig a piece.
All of these files seem to be locked or in use as they cannot be deleted and the datastore can not be offlined.
Actually I just figured out apparently doing another vmotion after making that cluster change seemed to have solved the vmx-xxxxxx.vswp file problem for me. But I still have the sysSwap file issue.
For what it's worth - I think it has something to do with VM swap file location, even if you move them after the fact. I ended up doing a maintenance mode/reboot cycle and that cleared them out. It does seem vSphere/ESX/host related and not something that has to do with 3rd party software.
VirtualMattCT thanks for that info, seems to have resolved my issues as well.
Just need to notify VMware support it was resolved by the VMware forums rather than them.
This is the system-wide Swap files which gets created based on the system advanced swap file settings
-hls-* stands for hostlocal swap file.
In general you can end up with 3 different types of system-wide swap files based on the system advanced swap file settings and usage
Datastore -> sysSwap-ds-*
SSDDatastore -> sysSwap-hc-*
HostLocal' -> sysSwap-hls-*
you can check the system wide swap settings here
# esxcli sched swap system get
Datastore Active: false
Datastore Enabled: false
Datastore Order: 0
Hostcache Active: false
Hostcache Enabled: true
Hostcache Order: 1
Hostlocalswap Active: false
Hostlocalswap Enabled: true
Hostlocalswap Order: 2
I had a similar issue with these host local swap files and found the proper solution:
After I found out the host that was still using the datastore (unmounting all the others, but these one could not be unmounted) I ssh-ed to the host and checked:
esxcli sched swap system get
Here I saw that host local swap was enabled. By entering:
esxcli sched swap system set --host_localswap_enabled -false (see docu here: VMware vSphere 5.1))
After the host local swap has been disabled, I could unmount the datastore without issues!
I hope it helps...
what is the exact command you used to disable the host localswap file.
i tried below given command but it says command didnt found.
# esxcli sched swap system set --hostlocalswap-enabled | -l (didnt worked )
#esxcli sched swap system set --host_localswap_enabled | -l ( didnt worked )
I can able to get the command
# esxcli sched swap system get
Can you help in what is the exact command we need to use to disable it.
esxcli sched swap system set --hostlocalswap-enabled false
esxcli sched swap system set -l false
Rebooting hosts worked for me.