Unable to delete a flat-vmdk file from VMFS5 volume

Start by identifying the server whose VMkernel may be locking the file.

# vmkfstools -D /vmfs/volumes/UUID/VMDIR/LOCKEDFILE.xxx

 > Hostname vmkernel: gen 532, mode 1, owner xxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxx-xxxx- zzzzzzzzzzzz mtime xxxxxxxxxx]

zzzzzzzzzzzz gives the MAC adres of the server locking the file.

# lsof | grep -i LOCKEDFILE.xxx


# vmkvsitools lsof | grep LOCKEDFILE.xxx

You see output similar to:

11773 vmx 12 46 /vmfs/volumes/Datastore_Name/VirtualMachineName/ VirtualMachineName-flat.vmdk

kill -9 PID (in the above case 11773)

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