VMware ESXi - ReApply Snapshots after vmsd Recovery?


One of my VMs on ESXi 4 lost one of its shapshot .vmdk files - the first snapshot in a chain of two. The rest of the files are intact.

The VM won't boot - but I've found a temporary solution here: http://www.itexperience.net/2008/03/03/howto-recreate-vmdk-files/ - which I am applying now to get the VM up and running using a new VM and the original copied-over flat.vmdk files (copying them now - large - 40GB each).

My question - is it possible to copy over and re-apply my latest snapshot files to the new VM once I get it running?


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As I have never done that before, I can't comment specifically. The only way to be for sure is to test it. My assumption is 'no' as I believe those snapshot files have a specified GUID # associated with them. But, my question to you is do you really need those snapshots? Snapshot functionality is really designed not as a backup solution, but an instaneous recover point when doing updates or making quick application modifications that may go 'hay-wire'. That is a good article you found and should get your VM back up and going. If you have another host you can test on, I would do so before actually attempting this with your production server. Use whatever tool to copy your VM  (Veeam FastSCP, for example) to that 2nd (test) host. Then copy the snapshot files and try to power on your VM. Check your snapshot manager to see if the snapshots are there and attempt to revert your VM to a snapshot. You can read more about snapshots in the Basic Admin Guide, as well as a couple VMware KB articles:
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40_u1/vsp_40_u1_admin_guide.pdf, pg. 203-207
A couple of those final KBs have other links to follow that may prove useful. Regardless, take great care when using snapshots. They can corrupt a VM if not used properly, as well as take up space on your datastore.

Hope this helps.


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mikeycisme123Author Commented:
You can't reapply snapshots
As I assumed. Sorry "mikey". I never did inquire initially...if you don't mind sharing...how did you lose 1 of your snapshots?

Hopefully, it didn't have too critical information as part of that lost snapshot?

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