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VMware virtual machine inaccessible? Find out how to fix it!

Here you will find out:

  • why VMware VM is inaccessible
  • how to fix that issue
  • how DiskInternals VMFS Recovery can help you

Are you ready? Let's read!

What does “inaccessible” mean for a VM?

If your virtual machine is inaccessible, it means the server is not able to open a .vmx file.

There can be many reasons for this, but most often it is due to the folder being renamed or some error in the storage array. You can handle any issue with VMware being inaccessible on a virtual machine thanks to this article.

Signs of being inaccessible VM VMware

Look out for the following symptoms to make sure that VMware VM is inaccessible:

  • First, the virtual machine does not interact with visible network adapters. It does the same with the user on the console.
  • Secondly, all or some of the programs interconnected with the virtual machine may not start or work incorrectly, displaying error messages on the monitor screen.

Why VMware virtual machines become inaccessible

what is virtual machine and why it can become inaccessible

This usually happens due to a failure of the virtual machine configuration files; the cause may also be in the file system or in a damaged disk.

If the storage is online, then VMware VM being inaccessible is likely due to a network failure.

Therefore, depending on the reason, the decision may be different. What precisely it will be discussed below.

Case 1. VMware VM is inaccessible due to configuration files' failure

Here is how you can fix it:

  • Fix the configuration files manually. For that, you need to check for text files with VM parameters and try to recreate the VM using the damaged VM disk. Watch out! Doing this improperly may damage your data.
  • Retrieving virtual machine data using DiskInternals VMFS Recovery™ and re-creating the VM after that.

What do you need to know about VMFS Recovery™? This program works with vSphere 3.5 - 6.5 and ESX/ESXi Server. You can easily use it on all versions of Windows, starting from version 7. There is also a free version of VMFS Recovery™; after downloading it, you can use all the functions that are available in the paid version. Of course, VMFS Recovery™ supports Unicode file names and multi-level folders. This application is professional-quality and superior to its counterparts, partly due to the consideration of both positive and negative user comments.

Use the following step-by-step guide to recover data from VMware server with an inaccessible virtual machine with the help of the recommended program.

  1. 1. Download and install the application. Then select one way to open the drive:
  • Remove Windows with ESX/ESXi from the external drive
  • Connect the VMFS drive to another Windows computer
  • Make a network connection using the SSH, iSCSI, or Fiber Channel Interface
  1. 2. Disk scan. This process will require a lot of time.
  1. 3. Find the correct VMDK file. Next, as a disk image, mount this file with the extension .vmdk.
  1. 4. Open the file you created recently and click the Scan button to make sure everything went well.
  1. 5. Preview. Select any file or a specific file; right-click on it. Now select the Preview option. After that, you will be completely sure that the file will be restored correctly.
  1. 6. Saving. To do this, you need a license and a license key, which can be purchased on the official DiskInternals website.

Case 2. VMware VM is inaccessible due to disk's or FS failure

Here is how you can fix a VMware virtual machine being inaccessible in this case:

  • Do a restore from the backup if you have one
  • If there is no backup, you can use VMFS Recovery™ described above

Case 3. VMware VM is inaccessible due to network failure

Here's what you can do with this issue:

  • Check the network connection and restore it if necessary
  • Check, and then, if necessary, restore the integrity of the network storage
  • If this does not work, you can restore data from the NAS using DiskInternals VMFS Recovery™

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