10 Replies Latest reply on Apr 8, 2019 6:01 AM by davestahr

    Cancel vmdk file move

    CBRider Novice


      Hello everyone,



      I started moving a folder from one datastore to another (with browse datastore within the VI client), since it was taking too long I closed the window thinking that that would cancel que moving files command... but I see in the messages pane that the move file is still going on and there I can't power on the VM since the source file is locked. ¿Is there a a way to cancel to peration without restarting the host?.



      Kind regards.






        • 1. Re: Cancel vmdk file move
          a2alpha Expert


          If you use virtualcenter you could try restarting the virtualcenter server service but failing that, connect up to the host with ssh or at the console and try a:



          service mgmt-vmware restart



          service vmware-vpxa restart



          This will save you rebooting the host. Make sure you turn off Virtual Machine Monitoring if it is on. Sometimes when the agents are restarted and this is enabled it reboots the vms.



          Hope this helps,





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          • 2. Re: Cancel vmdk file move
            krowczynski Master


            How big is the file?



            I would wait until the process is finished!!



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            • 3. Re: Cancel vmdk file move
              CBRider Novice


              The file es 40 GB. And I am not using VC yet... in a month or so I will be.



              Over to 40% after 2 hours... I am starting to think about the possibility of letting it finish.



              Thanks a lot for your answers!!



              • 4. Re: Cancel vmdk file move
                krowczynski Master


                If answer was helpful or correct award points!






                • 5. Re: Cancel vmdk file move
                  CBRider Novice


                  Count on it, as soon as I get out of this one I will award the points...















                  • 6. Re: Cancel vmdk file move
                    vcpguy Expert


                    Why/Where should one turn off Virtula Machine monitoring ? I know there was a bug in 3.02.









                    • 7. Re: Cancel vmdk file move
                      chewatt Novice

                      Last night I ran into this problem and found this post.  Most of the answers didn't help my situation because I can't restart the host since some of the guests are in production and can't be down.  I got into this mess when I tried to move a 250GB .vmdk from one datastore to another and realized it was going to take 8 hours.  Since "cancel" is grayed out I tried to stop the move by deleting the folder the .vmdk was moving to on the new datastore.   Yes I know...stupid move but I already know that so let's move on..:-).  After a bunch of continued stupid moves I ended up with not one but three "move files" in process and to make it worse since I deleted the folders they were being moved to the "move files" were still active but they didn't show on the destination datastore anywhere.  The problem I knew I was facing was at the end of every "move" is always a purge of the source file and I couldn't lose it.  I feared it was being fragmented on the destination datastore and that I'd lose it at the end of the move.  After sitting on this for a few hours in thought I came up with a solution that not only worked but kept my source .vmdk intact and was much better than a reboot of the host since I have no idea what that would do to my source .vmdk.  Simply create a new guest (I called it "Space Filler VM") on the destination datastore that's about 2GB less than the total remaining space left on the datastore and wait a few minutes.  The move will fail due to a lack of space on the destination leaving your source .vmdk intact. In the end I got all three moves to fail and my source .vmdk was intact.  I hope the next person who has this issue at 2:00am like me doesn't have to be up until 5 pondering a solution.  Good luck.

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                      • 8. Re: Cancel vmdk file move
                        0mra0 Lurker

                        In my case, I was copying to Windows NFS datastore. For this, it was enough just to set 'read only' attribute on the destination file. Move was stopped with 'Error caused by file.....' cause. Source file left intact. So, I hope in general there is a simply and convenient way to stop move - just by denying access to destination file.

                        • 9. Re: Cancel vmdk file move
                          DavidPrestidge Lurker

                          This process works a treat. Had a similar situation, moving a 200Gb vmdk going to take 13hrs (into the next business day).  Resorting to sneaker net with esata drive, should have it done in a couple of hours.

                          • 10. Re: Cancel vmdk file move
                            davestahr Lurker

                            I know this is a super old thread - but this just worked perfectly for me.  Really saved my bacon.