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ESXi alerts to consolidate but there were no snapshots taken

I recently came a cross a disk failure on our server and got the disk replaced. Due to this disk failure there were certain issues which raised and now its going up and down. What my problem is that, ...
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What will be deleted when I delete snapshot?

Using ESXi 5.0, I had a disk which was converted from VHD to VMDK using Winimage which left me with a sparse VMDK. I tried to snapshot the VM after importing it which caused a problem. I believe I ...
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ESXI Snapshots on a CentOS VM

On reverting back to a snapshot on one of my CentOS VM's the date is obviously set back to the original snapshot date. I was wondering if anyone knew of any other changes to the server (apart from ...
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Delete all snapshots over 30 days old

I'm currently using VMware 5.1 and looking for a method to keep snapshots that users create from becoming too old. Is there any tool inside of VMware that allows you to manage snapshots (or possibly a ...
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Clone/Backup Strategy for VMs between ESXi and KVM requiring clones to run concurrently with original VMs

I am stuck on this problem and need help. ESXi Free version 5 and qemu-kvm/libvirtd version 0.10. I will put the TL;DR first since it captures the problem fairly well. TL;DR I have 2 VMs on a KVM ...
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Qcow2 converted to vmdk show as spare and can't be snapshot

As the title says, kvm disks that I converted and moved to ESXi are useless because I cannot use snapshots due to the fact that they are sparse disks. Does anyone have a resolution for this issue? ...
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Is it safe to delete this snapshot?

Building on a previous question I had asked re: a VM freezing at the end of the backup, one of the solutions Veeam has offered is to make sure that there are no other snapshots that exist of that vm. ...
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ESX Free: Creating clones of VMs to run concurrently as a branch version

I have ESX free (most recent version 5.X) installed on a standalone server with an internal datastore in a RAID 5 setup. The VMs will be Windows mostly with some Linux and will be dedicated to ...
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VMWare/ESX Snapshots vs Libvirt snapshots vs LVM2 snapshots

In VMWare, when a snapshot is taken, my understanding is that it creates delta disks, and any writes that occur after the snapshot is created will be written to these new delta disk images, and not ...
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ESX: allowing users to snapshot VMs without vSphere Client Access

I am using ESX (latest free version 5.X) to host multiple VMs (mainly Windows with some Linux). Users will have control of these VMs and should be able to snapshot them, however I don't want to deal ...
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Switching Applications server on different VM snapshot

I have a VMware VM running with a specific Application Server. Instead of creating a new VM for install a new application server, Is it a good practice creating a snapshot of old Application Server ...
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1answer
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Is it possible to quiesce a snapshot of a running server on an Esxi and back it up to a remote network several times a day?

There's an outside consulting company claiming that they are taking a snapshot of our local servers which reside on a VMWare Esxi, 4 times a daily while our servers are running. This snapshot is then ...
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Is it possible to copy a snapshot and associate it to another VM (which has same configuration)?

I am having two virtual machines with same OS and software list. (In fact they were cloned). Now I have installed an application in a VM and taken a snapshot. Is it possible to copy this snapshot ...
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Snapshot copy a VM to USB attached to ESXi 5.1 host

I was trying to script a snapshot backup of running VMs to a USB drive attached to the host. We are using the free hypervisor version of ESXi and do not want to purchase 3rd party products to do this. ...
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Checking for orphaned snapshots - ESXi5

So we had some issues with our passive mail node over the weekend doing vmtools updates and to resolve a problem we had to revert to a snapshot and then reseed all the databases across. All in all ...
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How do I delete ESXi vm snapshots using the least additional space possible?

We have a tree of about 15 snapshots of a virtual machine that runs Win2k8, as you may guessed our datastore is soon to run out of space. My objective is to delete all the snapshots, as it seems it ...
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Revert a VM client from within the VM Client - is it possible?

I am creating a test VM (esxi V5) client for our QA department. Once it's installed, my options will be: Use a snapshot Use non persistent disk on the hard disk. For either options, I can give ...
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Why VM snapshots are affecting performance?

I read in one of the VMware KB article says that snapshots will directly proportional to VM performance. But my team keep asking me how snapshots can affect performance. I would like to give them ...
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Downloaded -flat.vmdk from snapshoted machine is different everytime

I have a virtual machine running on VMware ESXi 4.1.0, machine has one Thick provisioned disk stored in VM forder (residing on local datastore). I am planning to move the virtual machine to another ...
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What hints are available to determine if a VPS was reverted to a snapshot

I have a hosted VPS and recently had a problem with it, that they fixed. I'm waiting for them to get back to me on what the problem is. Til then, what hints can a Windows 2008 Server OS give as to ...
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vmware esxi 5, cant create snapshots and consolidate fails, how to delete old or consolidate redo logs?

I have a VM that seems to be working ok, but when VMWare DR (or I) tries to create a snap shot, it fails, and when I view the summary page of the VM it has a warning at the top showing that the disks ...
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1answer
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Is it a bad idea to do an OVF Export of a VM with snapshot data?

I'm currently using a VM running on ESXi 5.0 to dry-run installation procedures for a software product. We're trying a whole different bunch of things, so I'm making extensive use of snapshots to save ...
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Why are snapshots considered as temporary backups not real backups?

I am using VMware ESXi. In our team we use to provide snapshots for long term backup. Then we faced issues like memory spillover and the server got hang up. I started reading in VMware knowledgebase ...
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How to find corresponding snapshot file in VMware?

I am using ESXi 4.1. I am a having VM with 3 snapshots. When exploring datastore , snapshot vmdk name doesn't contain any word from snapshot name. How to find snapshot vmdk for corresponding ...
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VMWare ESXi 5 unable to create snapshot - maximum file size

I have a couple VMWare ESXi 5 servers, and on both of them I am unable to take a snapshot of one of my virtual machines (have tried moving the vm from one to the other). I am able to snap shot ...
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Vmware missing last snapshot data file what now?

Hi we had some problems with our server filling up because of snapshots then failing to turn on, I have managed to copy everything across and repair the snapshot descriptor files (hopefully). The ...
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1answer
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How to get the latest version of a disk from a snapshoted vmware virtual disk when I have only the disk files?

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 ...
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How do I fix a VMWare disk of a broken machine that has snapshots?

A guest on VMWare ESXi 4 is not booting anymore and I want to attach its disk to another machine. Both are almost identical ubuntu 64 bit server instances. But the broken machine had snapshots, so ...
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2answers
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Can ESXi (4.1) mount a VMFS datastore alongside a read-only snapshot of it?

I have a ESXi (4.1) server talking with a Windows Server 2008 R2 storage server, which presents some volumes as iSCSI targets using Microsoft's iSCSI software target; ESXi uses them as its datastores. ...
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Is there a reason(s) I should not create a datastore to house a single VM?

I was at a Dell EqualLogic training event and the speaker threw out the idea that it may not be a bad idea to create a single datastore to house a single VM rather than making a large datastore and ...
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1answer
989 views

Script to remove VMWare snapshots?

I'd like to centrally remove all non-active snapshots on a vMA host before performing central backups of VMs. I am hoping such a script exists already??? Anyone know of one? Edit: Here is a script ...
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VMware ESXi 4.1 snapshot of server 2008R2 machine generates 2 indentical snapshots

I have 2 VMs that are failing to get veeam backups, and it appears that the culprit is vmware snapshots. We are running Vsphere ESXi 4.1 build 320092, we have multiple server 2008R2 machines that take ...
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Question about Consolidate Helper - 0

Recently I had an issue where a virtual machine had ran out of space and was suspended, a restart was able to to fix the issue but when I SSH'd in I noticed there were two large files (both delta.vmdk ...
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Can I count on VM Snapshot on production machines for system recovery?

I have a Windows 2003 server running on VMware Virtual Machine. One of our developers wanted to install a service on it. So I decided to give VM snapshot a try on the machine in case if the developer ...