Remove unknown VM image from ESXi

Posted by erwin on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

I’m running a standalone ESXi 6.7.x, during the import of a VM via the web client I cancelled the operation, I now have this entry in the web client that point to a vmx file that doesn’t exists anymore.

Problem

In the list of virtual machines in the web client I have, as virtual machine name, the path of the vm that doen’t exists and in Status field you will see the “Unknown” value.

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Solution

Login to your SSH.

Type the command to list all VMs:

    vim-cmd /vmsvc/getallvms

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The first line will give you the output that there is a invalid VM with id 8. Type the following command to unregister the invalid VM with ID 8.

    vim-cmd /vmsvc/unregister 8

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