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Get list of registered VM's that are in my test datastore then unregister them

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I have a test datastore called "test-vmgarbage-nobackups".

How can I get a list of VM's that are registered in vCenter that live on my test datastore then unregister them from vCenter?

NOTE: there are some VM's that have disks on that datastore but the vmx file resides on another datastore. I don't want to touch those.

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LucD
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Try like this.
Remove the WhatIf when you are sure the correct VMs are being unregistered

$dsName = 'MyDS'

Get-VM -Datastore $dsName |

   where {$_.ExtensionData.Summary.Config.VmPathName -match $dsName} |

   Remove-VM -DeletePermanently:$false -Confirm:$false -WhatIf


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LucD
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Try like this.
Remove the WhatIf when you are sure the correct VMs are being unregistered

$dsName = 'MyDS'

Get-VM -Datastore $dsName |

   where {$_.ExtensionData.Summary.Config.VmPathName -match $dsName} |

   Remove-VM -DeletePermanently:$false -Confirm:$false -WhatIf


Blog: lucd.info  Twitter: @LucD22  Co-author PowerCLI Reference

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This line scares me.....

"Remove-VM -DeletePermanently:$false -Confirm:$false -WhatIf"

Specifically "-DeletePermanently" because it's defined as.....

Indicate that you want to delete the virtual machines not only from the inventory, but from the datastore.

:smileyshocked:

Ultimately I will be registering the VM's to another vcenter server that is also attached to this datastore then rmove the datastore from the old vcenter server.

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LucD
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That's why the $false is on there.
We do NOT want to remove the file, just unregister the VM.

You can leave that parameter out, but I prefer to see what I'm doing
Also avoids issues if someone has set DefaultParameters


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OK, I am going to carve out a separate datastore and destroyable VM's in it and test this.

Smiley Happy

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