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Removing a file from VMFS volume fails with the error: Resource temporarily unavailable (2063629)

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  • Deleting a file from a VMFS datastore in the vSphere Client or the vSphere CLI fails.
  • You see the error:

    Resource temporarily unavailable

  • When you attempt to delete a file from a VMFS datastore, the vmkernel.log file reports an error similar to:  
cpu6:5455056)FS3: 1393: vol 'datastore_name', lock at 173475840: [Req mode: 1] Not free:
cpu6:5455056)[type 10c00004 offset 173475840 v 158, hb offset 3338752gen 4307, mode 1, owner 51b23791-f35c96e9-44ed-3c4a92f61680 mtime 2278287
cpu6:5455056)Res3: 5696: Rank violation threshold reached: cid 0xc1d0000c, resType 3, cnum 1410
cpu6:5455056)Fil3: 15247: Max retries (10) exceeded for caller Fil3RemoveCore (status 'Lock rank violation detected')

Note: The location of the vmkernel.log file:
  • ESXi 5.5, 5.1 and 5.0: /var/log/
  • ESXi 3.5 and 4.x: /var/log/messages/


This issue occurs if an ESXi host on the vCenter Server holds a lock on the file you are trying to delete.


To resolve this issue:

Additional Information

You can find the MAC address of the host which is locking the file by viewing the vmkernel.log file. For example:

cpu6:5455056)[type 10c00004 offset 173475840 v 158, hb offset 3338752gen 4307, mode 1, owner 51b23791-f35c96e9-44ed-3c4aXXX61680 mtime 2278287

Note: In this example, the ESXi host with the MAC address 3c4aXXX61680 is holding the lock on the file.

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