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Hi Experts,

actual I clean up an old ESX 3.5 Environment i.e. delete old snapshots.

Maybe caused by much ESX overload, within the second Deletion I obtain a timeout error.

In snapshotmanager there are no further snapshots but in vmfs file system on esx host i determine some curios files:

/vmfs/volumes/<id>/vmware-server-name-nnnnn-delta.vmdk

where nnnnn is an ongoing number

How can i delete snapshots finally?

THX
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reredokIT ConsultantAsked:
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ryder0707Commented:
Deleting snapshots may take few hrs or whole day depending on the number of snapshots and size of each
Just wait mate...time out is perfectly normal after 15mins in vCenter
You can monitor the progress in console or ssh
Refer to http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1007566
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reredokIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
elapsed 10hours and more.

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jakethecatukCommented:
that looks like a 13gb snap you're trying to commit.  I'd go home and check it again in the morning :)
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markzzCommented:
Don't delete the delta files. your current state will be lost.
As mentioned, go home, check it in the morning.
You actually have 2 snapshots.
the 0001 delta is 13 GB and the 0002 delta is 9 GB.
If when you get in the snapshots are still there you have other options..
Let us know how you go.
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
I have had this on several occastions and vmware support suggested to do a V2V using vConverter since deleting large snapshots has a high failure rate
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reredokIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
V2V a virtual machine in a "virtual" machine?
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
yes.  Choose the source same as destination just change the name for it so it doesn't conflict with the current VM.  Do the V2V and do not power up the new VM until you make sure the first one is offline (you can do it online or offline depending whether you need it to stay up and whether the data changes)  If doing online point to the OS, if doing offline point to the VM in vCenter/ESX/ESXi
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reredokIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
After waiting hours ... ;-) no change :-((

Inside a experimental VM with same -delta Problem, I establish a new Snapshot. New big Files were created:
W3KTS02-000003-delta.vmdk
W3KTS02-000004-delta.vmdk ...

Then I've shutdown VM and after getting some curious errors in VMware Infrastructure-Client, I wasn't able to start VM until this morning.
So restart is complete and *magic* all -delta-File were deleted :-)

Actually I'll test this concept on other problem-vm's
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jakethecatukCommented:
If the virtual machine isn't running when you are deleting snapshots then the process will be quicker as ESX doesn't have to cope with handling new changes whilst commiting/deleting old changes.
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