VMware snapshot files

I have an ESX host that has run out of space.  I noticed that there were a number of snapshots and removed them, but still have no room.  When I browse the datastore I see a number of files that I think are leftover from the snapshots.  There is abase machine file servername.vmdk and three other files servername-0000001.vmdk, servername-0000002.vmdk etc.  The servername.vmx files shows the last file (servername-0000004.vmdk as the one in use.  My question is how can I get rid of these files or can I?
SpyderGAsked:
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ryder0707Commented:
Do you still see snapshots in the snapshot manager?
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SpyderGAuthor Commented:
No.  In fact I followed a kbase article that had me make another snapshot from the command line then remove all snapshots.
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ryder0707Commented:
Well, if you dont need need any of the snapshots, you could just edit your vmx to point to the base vmdk and delete other useless vmdk files
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SpyderGAuthor Commented:
I'll give it a try and let you know how it works.  I'm a little nervous though.
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ryder0707Commented:
Should be fine, but I'd backup the files to a temp directory before doing anything
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SpyderGAuthor Commented:
When I deleted one of the files the VM would not boot stating that it was missing that file.  I then updated teh VMX file to point to the base VMDK and the server booted, but has none of the latest data.
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ryder0707Commented:
Yes that's true becoz when you snapshot, the changes will be update to delta files and the base vmdk will remain untouch
I thought u said you dont need the snapshot, if you need the latest data you have to revert the snapshot
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SpyderGAuthor Commented:
I removed the snapshots to leave only the latest version.  Did misunderstand something in this process?  My understanding is that removing the snapshots consolidates all of the data to one file, but this did not seem to happen.  When I look in the manager it shows no snapshots.
To make matters worse, it seems that somehow the data store was overcommitted because removing the 100Gb file only left 88Gb free.  What now?
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ryder0707Commented:
Yes your understanding is good, something went wrong a long the way
Do you still want to try reverting to the latest snapshot?
If that doesn't work then i think you may need to consider restore from backup at file level
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SpyderGAuthor Commented:
I would like to try to get back to the latest snapshot.  I'm currently backing up another file to try to make more room, then will restore the missing file.  
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ryder0707Commented:
If the snapshots are not in sync, you may want to read this article http://redshift10.blogspot.com/2008/04/vmdk-snapshots-and-importance-of-cid.html
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SpyderGAuthor Commented:
We ended up having to recreate the VM, but I'm warding you the points because your information was still very valuable.  Thanks!
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