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  • 1.  VM in Orphan state

    Posted Jun 10, 2020 12:57 AM

    Hi, i have an issue with a VM which is in orphan state. i check all hardware and there is no missing disks. Do you have any idea on which could be the issue?



  • 2.  RE: VM in Orphan state
    Best Answer

    Posted Jun 10, 2020 01:02 AM

    Hi PIPA1984​ for removing the orphaned state the steps are the following:

    1. Take note of the .vmx config file of your VM path.
    2. Remove your VM from inventory (right click --> remove from inventory. do not click the remove from disk option since you'll delete the VM)
    3. Re register your VM.
         3.a Browse the datastore you have noted in point 1 to the VM folder.
         3.b right click the .vmx file and click register
         3.c Select compute nodes (host/Cluster) and VM folder location.
    4. Power on the VM

    How to register VM KB: VMware Knowledge Base

    Also take a look at this doc: Adding and Removing Virtual Machines


    Regarding the possible causes:
    It might be related to a failed HA failover or a hardware issue, it's worth checking the logs.

    Warm regards