I can see the storage (VM-Datastorage-srv003-01),
If you can access the datastore, right click on the datastore and select browse. Find the VMX files for your VM, right click and select add to invertory. You could then copy them out with VMware Converter. If you're able to accessthe datastore, you could then also copy them out with vifs.pl from the RCLI. You don't need to register the VMs to do that.
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Thank you Dave,
I'll try your solution right away. I was experimenting ESX 3i, and got caught by ESX 3i functioning on Audit Mode and the lack of information about it.
Thanks again and kindest regards.
I also have this issue after trying to repair the ESK3.5 SP2 installation. I can re add the images no problem, but every time it restarts it looses the configuration! I have to re add them after each boot.
You might have a corrupt partition. You could try this
1) backup the config of your host with vicfg-cfgbackup.pl command from the RCLI
2) boot the ESXi CD and choose to do a repair (this will avaoid wiping the existing VMFS partition - but a backup of the VMs is recommended anyways)
3) patch your ESXi host
4) restore your backup taken with vicfg-cfgbackup.
enable console support option
F2/troubleshoot options/enable local TSM support
ALT+F1 log into console
press i (for insert)
remove the line that has auditMode=TRUE
press 'esc' then :w :q (to write changes and quit vi)
reboot server to take it out of audit mode
you can now make your system config changes and they will stay.
reboot server to double check
ACK goes to http://www.teachout.com/Blog/tabid/165/EntryId/264/How-to-get-VMware-ESXi-out-of-audit-mode.aspx I found solution here.