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Duplicate VMDK UUIDs are created when VM are deployed from a template.
By Pranay Jha | Feb 10, 2016 | In Articles | Total Views [ 802 ]
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This is a known issue and there is no resolution as of now. To workaround this issue, change UUID of VMDK by ESXi command line.

Step to change UUID:-

Login to ESXi through Putty and go to path where virtual machine is stored.
    # cd \vmfs\volumes\DatastoreName\VMName

To identify the UUID currently assigned to disk:-
    # vmkfstools -J getuuid <vmname>.vmdk

To change the UUID of disk:-
    # vmkfstools -J setuuid <vmname>.vmdk

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My name is Pranay Jha, working in IBM as Technical Solution Architect for Virtualization platform. I have been working in IT for near around 11 years. Passionate to get involved as an Independent blogger for my blog I am carrying few industrial certifications as VMware vExpert 2016/2017, VCIX6, VCAP6-DCD, VCAP5-DCD/DCA, VCP6-DCVVCP5-DCV, VCA-Cloud, VCE-CIA, VSP, MCSE, MCITP, MCSA(Messaging). For any query or suggestion, please connect me at Thanks for visiting here.

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