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Recreating a missing virtual machine disk descriptor file (1002511)
- The virtual machine disk file listed in the Datastore Browser is your virtual machine's flat file, and does not have an icon.
- When powering on a virtual machine, you see a File not found error.
- The flat file exists when viewing the virtual machine's directory through the terminal, VMware vSphere Management Assistant (vMA), or VMware Command-Line Interface (vCLI).
- The disk descriptor file for the virtual machine's disk does not exist or is corrupted.
Note: For additional symptoms and log entries, see the Additional Information section.
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