In a virtualized environment managed by VMware vCenter, managing storage resources efficiently is crucial. However, sometimes you may encounter "Invalid DataStore Path" errors, especially when dealing with orphaned Virtual Disk Images (VDIs) from Citrix MCS master images and workers. These errors can disrupt your virtual infrastructure and cause issues with VM management. In this blog post, we will explore what causes these errors and provide steps to resolve them.
Understanding Invalid DataStore Path Errors
"Invalid DataStore Path" errors occur when vCenter is unable to locate or access the storage path associated with a VM's virtual disk image. These errors often arise from orphaned VDI files, which are no longer associated with a VM but still reside in the data store.
Causes of Invalid DataStore Path Errors
When VMs are deleted or migrated, their associated VDI files may not be properly cleaned up, leaving behind orphaned VDI disk files.
During Machine Creation Services (MCS) process, few temporary virtual machines were created to facilitate the image update and are terminated at the end of the update process. Some of these temporary instances are not deleted or properly cleaned up leaving their disk files as orphaned files in the datastores.
Citrix runs an image cleanup task periodically to delete such orphaned files. However, it won’t remove the entries related to these files from the database. So, they keep reporting in vCenter as ‘Invalid datastore path’ errors as shown in the below screenshot.