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Recovery of a lost or deleted virtual machine .vmx configuration file on an ESXi/ESX host (1002294)
Note: This process creates a new MAC address for the network card(s) and may cause issues with software that is dependent on a virtual machines MAC address.
To create a new virtual machine configuration file and point it to the existing .
- Log in to the vSphere Client as an administrator.
- Right-click the affected virtual machine and click Remove from Inventory.
- Right-click an ESXi/ESX host.
- Click New Virtual Machine.
- Select Custom.
- Go through the Create New Virtual Machine wizard until you reach the Select a Disk screen.
- Select Use an existing virtual disk and browse to the .
- Complete the Create New Virtual Machine wizard.
vmx) for the virtual machine and other supporting files.You can now start the virtual machine from the Inventory of the vSphere Client.
Note: Although there are differences in the GUI, the same logic can be used in older versions of ESX.
For more information, see Rebuilding the virtual machine's .vmx file from vmware.log (1023880) and Starting a virtual machine generates a syntax error (1003597).
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