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.

Solution

Login to your SSH.

Type the command to list all VMs:

    vim-cmd /vmsvc/getallvms

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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