Although this doesn’t happen often sometimes I find that I have misplaced a template.
I mean that a template I know exists is not in the inventory and I am not sure on which datastore I need to go to re-add it back to the inventory. Granted I don’t personally have many datastores to look through so it wouldn’t take me that long to manually look through them, but why not just easily have powershell/powercli do it for you.
First you need to connect to your vcenter with the “connect-viserver” cmdlet.
Then change to the psdrive vmstore, and finally search for the template with get-childitem -recurse -include *.vmtx
What I blocked out here is the datastore.
That’s it! This may take a Long While to run. Like a Long While, but it allows you to go do other things during the search so you don’t have to.
If you want to invest a little more time, you can search directly on the host vis ssh or VMA
Once in the host just use
find -name *.vmtx
This one takes significantly less time but requires you to be attached to a host.
Hope this helps!