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Removing a Virtual Machine from VirtualCenter Removes Shared .dsk Files (1504)

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Why are my shared .dsk files missing for my virtual machine?


When you use the VirtualCenter client to remove a virtual machine, all elements of the virtual machine are removed from disk. This includes the .dsk files.

If you are sharing .dsk files between multiple virtual machines and you remove one of the virtual machines, the .dsk files are also removed and are no longer available for the shared virtual machines.

Do not use the Remove a Virtual Machine (from disk) option if you are sharing the .dsk files between virtual machines. Instead, use the Delete a Virtual Machine (from VirtualCenter) option. This option keeps the virtual machine on the disk and leaves the .dsk files available for other virtual machines.

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