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  • 1.  VM folder name shows up as UUID name on vSandatastore

    Posted Dec 20, 2016 05:41 PM

    Hi,

    I have a vSAN which have some strange problems.

    All the VM´s folders on the vSanDatastore shows up as folder withs the VM´s UUID in addition to the VM name. This means that if you browse the datastore you will see two folders for each VM.  One with the VM name followed by a folder with the long UUID. The contents on double folder are the same for each VM. There seems to be som symblic links to the same content.

    If you look at the settings for all the VM´s, the disk settings on the VM´s points to vSANdatastore\(VM´s UUID\vmname.vmx instead of vSandatastore\vmname\vmname.vmx

    This applies even on newly deployed VM´s. There is one NFS datastore attached to the ESXi cluster. I tried to storage vmotion one VM to the NFS store and back to vsan to see if it could solve the naming problem, but it ended up with the same double UUID and VM name folder.

    Has anyone else experienced this?

    When depoying the cluster we ran in to a network isolation where all the hosts ended up as masters in the vSAN cluster. At that time we turned off all the hosts and started them one by one. Then the cluster started correctly with one Master, Guest and agents. At this time we started having the problem with the VM´s showing the UUID has their homefolder on the vsandatastore instead of the VM name.

    This problems still occurs when we deploy new VM´s. They end up with a folder with the UUID and a folder with The VM name. Hard disk on the VM´s points to vsandatasor\uuid\vmname.vmx



  • 2.  RE: VM folder name shows up as UUID name on vSandatastore

    Posted Dec 21, 2016 10:01 PM

    This is normal for standard VSAN deployment and is working as designed. VMs are stored the UUID folders and there's a symlink to the user-friendly name to be human readable.

    Don't delete the UUID folders as these are your actual VMs.



  • 3.  RE: VM folder name shows up as UUID name on vSandatastore

    Posted Aug 30, 2018 08:55 PM

    Hello elerium​ you are totally right! It is confirmed by vSAN engineering that there's a symlink for those UUID's to the friendly name of the VM. Totally expected behavior.



  • 4.  RE: VM folder name shows up as UUID name on vSandatastore

    Posted May 02, 2019 02:04 PM

    Maybe, but this makes browsing the vSan datastore impossible. If your trying to find something through a browser (like mount CD) you literally have to click through every folder. This has to be improved.



  • 5.  RE: VM folder name shows up as UUID name on vSandatastore

    Posted Oct 22, 2021 12:54 AM

    From VCenter , browse the VSAN datastore. When you click on a VM folder, on the right side pane/view scroll right until you see the path column. This column (path)  will tell you what the UUID number folder  that you would have to browse to directly to upload or make changes to.

     

    - Alex Perez