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Powering on a virtual machine fails after a storage outage with the error: could not open/create change tracking file (2009244)



This issue occurs when the filename-ctk.vmdk file is not cleared.


To resolve this issue, remove or rename the filename-ctk.vmdk file.

To remove or rename the filename-ctk.vmdk file:
  1. Make note of the SCSI controller type used by the hard disk.
  2. Remove the hard disk specified in the error message from the virtual machine.
  3. Open a Secure Shell session to the host. For more information, see Using Tech Support Mode in ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.0 (1017910).
  4. Navigate to the virtual machine's folder:


  5. Remove or rename the filename-ctk.vmdk file.
  6. Re-add the hard disk back to the virtual machine using the SCSI controller type from step one.
  7. Edit the descriptor file (.vmdk) and remove or comment out any references that specify use of a ctk file.
  8. Power on the virtual machine.

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Update History

04/04/2012 - Added suggestion to remove any ctk references in the .vmdk files.

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