While playing a bit roughly in my homelab, I deleted a couple VMs from vCenter that were originally created and managed by VMware Cloud Director because I didn’t have time to start NSX-T, ALB, VCD… The problem is that after doing this, the VMs were still in VMware Cloud Director and the vAPP was stuck in powered on state. I couldn’t power it off so I couldn’t remove the VMs either.

power off vAPP impossible

The entity xav is in an invalid state for operation powerof. - com.vmware.ssdc.library.exceptions.MultipleLMException: One or more exceptions have occurred - Multiple Exceptions follow: [java.util.concurrent......

After trying a few things it turns out that the only way to clean this up is to remove the records from the postgres database in VMware Cloud Director.

I shall point out that I only used this workaround in a simple lab environment and is in no way supported by VMware so run tests and use this at your own risks.

  • Connect to VCD using ssh

  • Enter the postgresql database

su postgres
  • you can list the databases to double check, you are looking for vcloud.
postgres-# \l
                             List of databases
   Name    |  Owner   | Encoding | Collate | Ctype |   Access privileges
 postgres  | postgres | UTF8     | C       | C     |
 repmgr    | repmgr   | UTF8     | C       | C     |
 template0 | postgres | UTF8     | C       | C     | =c/postgres          +
           |          |          |         |       | postgres=CTc/postgres
 template1 | postgres | UTF8     | C       | C     | =c/postgres          +
           |          |          |         |       | postgres=CTc/postgres
 vcloud    | vcloud   | UTF8     | C       | C     |
(5 rows)

  • Connect the vcloud database
\c vcloud
You are now connected to database "vcloud" as user "postgres".
  • You can list the tables to see how it’s structured or if you’re looking for something else than our current use case.
                      List of relations
 Schema |               Name                | Type  | Owner
 public | acl                               | table | vcloud
 public | acl_defined_entity                | table | vcloud
 public | acl_defined_entity_definition     | table | vcloud
 public | acl_general                       | table | vcloud
  • Grab the name of the VM you want to remove in its settings in VCD or its name in vSphere.

vsphere vm name in vmware cloud director

  • If you try to delete the VM now in psql, you will get an error sayint it is id is still referenced in another table as a key.
delete from vm where name like 'xav-md0-5fb4ff79fb-kbtp2-GIKU';
ERROR:  update or delete on table "vm" violates foreign key constraint "virtualserverdeployedvirtualse" on table "deployed_vm"
DETAIL:  Key (id)=(dc7f1f04-402e-4d59-bb91-a76a03d3cbf0) is still referenced from table "deployed_vm".
  • List the table that was mentioned and you should find the ID somewhere in there.
select * from deployed_vm;
             instance_id              |                vm_id                 |      date_deployed
 49c74a63-5375-4645-a3dd-abecf9cc4acd | 31564d96-98c7-4504-a7a0-2cbe836fa1a1 | 2022-06-17 15:58:08.228
 34bd332a-36af-4691-8e95-db6f67dde178 | dc7f1f04-402e-4d59-bb91-a76a03d3cbf0 | 2022-06-17 16:01:52.237
(2 rows)
  • Delete the record from the table.
delete from deployed_vm where vm_id = dc7f1f04-402e-4d59-bb91-a76a03d3cbf0;
  • You should now be able to remove the VM and not get an error.
delete from vm where name like 'xav-md0-5fb4ff79fb-kbtp2-GIKU';
  • The VM will be in Unknown state in VMware Cloud Director and you can delete it from there.

vm unknown cloud director

  • After you remove all the VMs from the vAPP, you should be able to switch it off and delete it.

power off vapp vcd

delete vapp vcd