How do I remove all snapshots in VMware ESXi and not lose the current configuration?

Posted on 2010-11-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I have two vms that I would like to cleanup and remove all snapshots.  One has 5 snapshots and I would like keep the current vm state but delete all snapshots.  I heard if I hit delete all it will combine all the snapshots changes which I am trying to avoid.  Whatever the current configuration is what I want to incorporate. Do I click on each of the snapshot one by one and hit delete? Does it matter which order I delete?  Latest to beginning or vice versa?

On the other VM, I only have one snapshot.  In this case can I just delete it and it will keep the current configuration?  In this case delete all would be the same, correct?
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Pete Long earned 250 total points
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From Snapshot manager  - simply Delete all - your state will stay at the "you are here" marker! I do this all the time to tidy up my ESX servers :)
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by:Pete Long
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>> I heard if I hit delete all it will combine all the snapshots changes which I am trying to avoid.

only the snapshots BEHIND the you are here point :)


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Clicking delete all and the warning messge says that it will consolidate all snapshots to a single disk.  So you are sure it won't combine all changes for the last 5 snapshots?
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My "you are here" is at the very end.  I have nothing after that.  Again I am a little scared if I should do shutdown full backu and then hit delete all.

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lrpage earned 250 total points
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If you hit delete all it will just delete all the snapshots and keep your current running config.  If you feel nervous about it make a fake server, take a snap shot, make some changes, take snap shot etc  Then delete some snapshots. add some more... play with it, delete all, see what happens.  Break things test things.  Dummy server who cares.

BTW snapshots are not backups.  Snapshots are great for patching etc but should only be kept around for a few days.  Your real issue might be how old are those snap shots and how many changes do they contain?  Large multiweek snapshots often have trouble deleting because the delta is to large.

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Is there a manual way to remove all snapshots in case it does fail?

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sorry found it too.  Wasn't aware it was such a common issue.  Thanks

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