Datastore name displays in red on the ESXi host CLI
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Datastore name displays in red on the ESXi host CLI


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VMware vSphere ESXi


  • When you run the # ls -l /vmfs/volumes/command, one or more of the datastore names appear in red text.
  • For example:

    # ls -l /vmfs/volumes/

    drwxr-xr-t 1 root root 1260 Apr 19 01:38 4b97a503-e51cb1f8-32e8-00505603006d
    lrwxr-xr-x 1 root root 35 Jun 11 03:35 
    Storage1 -> 4b97a503-e51cb1f8-32e8-00505603006d


A datastore's name (for example, Storage1) is a symbolic link to the UUID datastore name (for example, 4b97a503-e51cb1f8-32e8-00505603006d) .
This issue occurs if a symbolic link is broken. The symbolic link can be broken if:
Note: This issue can indicate that a datastore is missing. If you are not missing a datastore, you can remove the symbolic link with the command # rm link_to_destination. Removing a symbolic link has no effect on the destination of the link.

Additional Information

Snapshot LUN detection in ESX and ESXi
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