Remove orphaned View replicas

Last time at a customer I saw the following situation in his vSphere/View environment:

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This situation will happen, when the underlying datastore is deleted and View Composer hasn’t remove all of his replicas properly.

View replicas are store in a hidden VM folder called VMwareViewComposerReplicaFolder and they are protected against deletion and remove from Inventory.

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So if you want to delete or remove the orphaned replica from the Inventory view there a several steps to follow.

1. Connect to the View Composer server, open a Command promt (CMD) and navigate to the VIew Composer install directory

  • 32bit Server – C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View Composer
  • 64bit Server – C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware View Composer

2. Run the sviconfig.exe command with this parameters

sviconfig -operation=UnprotectEntity -DsnName=<name of the VIew Composer DSN> -DbUsername=<Composer DSN User Name> -DbPassword=<Composer DSN Password> -VcUrl=https://<vCenter Server address>/sdk -VcUsername=<Domain\User of vCenter Server account name> -VcPassword=<vCenter Server account password> -InventoryPath=/<Datacenter name>/vm/VMwareViewComposerReplicaFolder/<Replica Name> -Recursive=true

In this case the replica name is replica-5860c603-8fe3-46ba-9a2a-efb43da613a0.

3. Remove the orphaned replica from the Inventory

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1 Response

  1. Paul says:

    What if View isnt in the environment anymore?

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