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How to identify the VMware vmdk disk file backing a virtual machine

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Identifying which vmdk disk file can be deleted from ESXi when removing the disk from a virtual machine.


In order for ESXi to pass the UUID identifier to the virtual machine it is required to enable it by having disk.EnableUUID = "TRUE" set in the virtual machine .vmx file. Note that this setting will not be applied until the virtual machine is rebooted.

Once enabled the disk UUID can be obtained from the virtual machine by running the command:

# sg_vpd -p 0x80 /dev/sdX

Replace sdX with the relevant disk to be removed.

Once the UUID is known it is needed to identify the relevant vmdk disk by for example using the following command on the ESXi host:

# vmkfstools -J getuuid /vmfs/volumes/datastore/VM/vm.vmdk

Additional Information

For additional information please see the VMware online documentation.


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  • Document ID:7023453
  • Creation Date: 18-Oct-2018
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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