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VMware suddenly cant ses disk file

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by kensaundm31, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. kensaundm31

    kensaundm31 Bit Poster

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    Hi,

    After doing an upgrade on a 2003 gues os. I ran defrag in vmware, it got to the end then said there was an error.

    If I try to power on the machine or select the disk in options I get an error mesage.

    Huh?

    Is some kind of refernce file become corrupted? Is there a fix?

    Heres some info:

    Cheers.

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  2. kensaundm31

    kensaundm31 Bit Poster

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    I close vmware and restart and i get this:

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  3. nugget
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    And what happens when you browse to where the team file is located?
    Or when you choose reset?

    I've had this sort of thing happen before and it's usually down to the file getting corrupted. Usually VMWare workstation runs the utility to 'uncorrupt' the file but you can also download it from somewhere on the vmware site.
     
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  4. kensaundm31

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    I havent tried reset yet but i cant find the .vmtm file. So I will try reset and if that doesn't work I'll have a look for that uncorrupt util you mentioned.

    Thanks.
     
  5. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

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    No experience with VMware but a tangental issue we have had with Hyper-V.

    We've had whole machines dissapear from our control panels, turned out to be the AV causing havoc, a quick exclusions addition of the vm config files directories and vhd directories resolves the problem, not sure if similar will apply in your instance but worth throwing it in.
     
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  6. kensaundm31

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    Thanks guys, but its all gone pear-shaped. The reset just removed it from the team, but the disk was stil b0lloxed. I couldnt even get the vmware tool to work even though i followed the syntax. (Allthough i probably didnt follow the syntax propely or it would have)

    The snapshots dont work either.

    I just deleted everything and am currently re-installing.
    (FFS thats 2003 sp1, then r2, then sp2, then windows updates!!!!!!!) :gun

    So whats the best backup strategy then?

    Just backup the entire directory that resides in host os(mydocs\virtualmachines)? Cos' if the disks go so does the snapshot.

    PS, thanks for the virus scanner info.
     
  7. nugget
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    I usually drop a copy of it all into a backup folder. When it all goes pearshaped then I just copy it back over and in 10 minutes I'm good to go.
     
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  8. Sparky
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    Yup, I do the same with Hyper-V VMS before making any major changes.
     
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  9. Theprof

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    I actually did that today for my test environment. I just sysprep'd the good OS install with updates, etc... then shut it down, copy the vhd or vmdk and store it in a safe place then use it as a template. Or you can just copy it and keep it safe. You also have the possibility of using snapshots.
     
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