I am running ESXI 5.5 and I am trying to remove the snapshots from our office server VM (SBS 2011). Yesterday afternoon I started the process and this morning it seems to be only at 5%, which means it will take another 2 weeks to finish! I have 17 snapshots, probably going back a year or 2. I have since read I should only have max 2-3 over 72 hours. Can I cancel the removal process and is there an alternative to removing snapshots? perhaps I make a new VM based on the over snapshotted VM?
Update: Under the Datastore Browser, only one of the files (C:drive vmdk) had been 'modified' at just 10 mins after I initiated the 'Delete All' snapshots yesterday. I cant wait 2 weeks and I have a backups if something is corrupt, so I cancelled the removal task, and a few moments later the task was marked complete and all snapshots are gone from the snapshot manager, but still there in the Datastore Browser. The VM is back online now. So I'm still looking for alternative way to tidy up this VM. Can I somehow create a new VM that would consolidate all snapshots?