Just this week ran into this issue while trying to unmount some stale datastore from vCenter server.
SSH into the ESXi host and browse the datastore.
On the datastore I found the following files listed with following names:
Found KB 2069171 specifying this problem where the VSAN modules stores the traces needed to debug VSAN related problems which is keeping a lock on the datastore.
Since we are not using VSAN I had to disabled the VSAN services on the ESXi host to remove the datastore.
- To verify open files for vsantrace:
- lsof | grep vsantraced | grep volumes
- Run command to stop services:
- /etc/init.d/vsantraced stop
- Perform a Refresh for Storage
- Unmount the datastore
- Run command to start the services:
- /etc/init.d/vsantraced start
To verify open files for vsantrace
lsof | grep vsantraced | grep volumes
On a side note:
Initially the unmount of the datastore still did not exceed and this was due to my SSH sessions which has the datastore open 🙂 Close the SSH session before trying to unmount.
- Scratch for host is configured on the problem datastore. Modify the ScratchConfig value and change it to another datastore. For more information, see Creating a persistent scratch location for ESXi 4.x and 5.x (1033696).
- Coredump is configured to write to a file in the problem datastore in an ESXi 5.5 host. For more information see, Move the coredump to a File from the VMware vSphere 5.5 documentation Center.
- Run following command to check for paths:
- esxcli system coredump file list
- Verify the UUID and compare to datastore name.
- Run following command to remove the coredump files.
- esxcli system coredump file remove –force