Deactivate a configured core dump file and, if needed, remove it from the VMFS datastore.

You can temporarily deactivate the core dump file. If you do not plan to use the deactivated file, you can remove it from the VMFS datastore. To remove the file that has not been deactivated, you can use the system coredump file remove with the --force | -F option.

Install vCLI or deploy the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) virtual machine. See Getting Started with vSphere Command-Line Interfaces. For troubleshooting, run esxcli commands in the ESXi Shell.


Deactivate the core dump file by running the following command:

esxcli system coredump file set --unconfigure | -u


Remove the file from the VMFS datastore:

system coredump file remove --file | -f file_name

The command takes the following options:



--file | -f

Specify the file name of the dump file to be removed. If you do not specify the file name, the configured core dump file will be removed.

--force | -F

Deactivate and unconfigure the dump file being removed. This option is required if the file has not been previously deactivated and is active.

The core dump file becomes disabled and is removed from the VMFS datastore.