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Lost vmdk

Hi Guys,

I have a serious issue with one VM running on ESX 3.5 U2. The VM was migrated from the local datastore to a remote iSCSI storage. During this tranfer ESX removed all the large files (snapshots) including the main vmdk.

Now my VM looks like that and obviously does not restart:

total 910M

-rw------- 1 root root 80M Aug 4 17:21 ExchangeSrvBM-000007-delta.vmdk

-rw------- 1 root root 243 Aug 4 17:20 ExchangeSrvBM-000007.vmdk

-rw------- 1 root root 816M Aug 4 19:51 ExchangeSrvBM-000008-delta.vmdk

-rw------- 1 root root 243 Aug 4 17:20 ExchangeSrvBM-000008.vmdk

-rw------- 1 root root 8.5K Aug 4 17:20 ExchangeSrvBM.nvram

-rw------- 1 root root 2.6K Aug 4 19:49 ExchangeSrvBM.vmsd

-rw-rr 1 root root 1.8K Aug 4 19:51 ExchangeSrvBM.vmx

-rw------- 1 root root 268 Aug 4 17:21 ExchangeSrvBM.vmxf

-rw-rr 1 root root 136K Aug 4 17:20 vmware-10.log

-rw-rr 1 root root 157K Aug 4 17:20 vmware-11.log

-rw-rr 1 root root 292K Aug 4 17:20 vmware-12.log

-rw-rr 1 root root 28K Aug 4 19:51 vmware-13.log

-rw-rr 1 root root 329K Aug 4 17:20 vmware-8.log

-rw-rr 1 root root 71K Aug 4 17:20 vmware-9.log

-rw-rr 1 root root 28K Aug 4 20:00 vmware.log


1 root root 5.0M Aug 4 19:57 vmware-vmx-zdump.000

Do you know how I could recover the lost files from the original datastore? Is there any tool VMWare or Linux tools to "find" the deleted files? For info it's running on a Dell 2900.

Thank you very much for all your advices.


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The manual states: Virtual machines with snapshots cannot be migrated using Storage VMotion.


I don't know if they are really lost but if they were deleted you'll´have a backup in place hopefully.


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additional to this, you should try to commit all your snapshot if you plan to vmotion the virtual machine. My previous experience as the snapshot dissapeared from snapshot manager after the vmotion happen and required to manual commit all the snapshots


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