Frequently Asked Question

The virtual machine inventory file is damaged or unreadable
Last Updated about a month ago

  1. Connect to the host using SSH. For more information, see Using Tech Support Mode in ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.0 (1017910).
  2. Change directories to the location of the vmInventory.xml file using this command:

    cd /etc/vmware/hostd

  3. Rename the current inventory file using this command:

    mv vmInventory.xml vmInventory.xml.old

  4. Restart management agents on the host using this command:

    /sbin/services.sh restart

  5. Perform a migration or vMotion to the ESXi host. This generates a new vmInventory.xml file.

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