Take the 2-minute tour ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for professional system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have a virtual disk with one snapshot. I want to acces the latest data after the snapshot.

One way would be to merge the delta into the disk.

But the rest of the vm does not exist any more. How can I do this, e.g. delete the snapshot?

I am quite sure all the disk files are complete an in consistent state, I made a backup:

enter image description here

I wonder if this would be possible:

If I add the disk to a working VM in vSphere it offers 2 possible vmdks, the normal disk, and a ...-000003 file.

If I add the -000003 file, can I access the latest version then?


Edit: following the accepted answer, I found it is easy from the command line:

vmkfstools -i xxxx-nnnn.vmdk  newdisk.vmdk

xxxx-nnnn.vmdk is a snapshot file and newdisk woll contain a disk where this snapshot has been removed (this means the changes from the snapshot have been merge into the newdisk file).

But it is necessary that the parent snapshot(s), if existing, are present. And all disk files have still to be in consistent shape.

share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 3 down vote accepted

It looks like you're able to do this from the Tech Support Mode CLI using vmkfstools:

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1007849

The information you're looking for is underneath the "Additional Information" heading about halfway down the page.

Here's a related VMware Communities thread that might help:

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/81123

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.