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VMWARE "An invalid Snapshot configuration was detected"

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Hello,

i have recently tried to delete a snapshot from VMware and i was confronted by the following: "An invalid Snapshot configuration was detected" i have checked the datastore and it still looks like the snapshot is still there. i need to remove these, but not too sure how.
there are a few files: SERVER_1.vmdk
SERVER-000001.vmdk
SERVER-snapshot1.vmsn
SERVER_2.vmdk
SERVER-000002.vmdk
SERVER-snapshot2.vmsn
plus others..

what is the best way to remove the snapshots?
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Question by:3lijah
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by:paulsolov
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From spending plenty of time with VMWare Support I find that if you do a V2V with VMWAre Converter it is easier to point to the VM OS and create another copy of it without dealing with the snapshots.

My $.02
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by:3lijah
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my main goal is to move move the server to a different data store, but this is a large server (and important), so at this stage i need to remove the snapshots, as these are now invalid. so i guess the question is what would be the best way removing a snapshot once it is invalid?
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by:louisreeves
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If it is not showing up in the GUI then my question is What happened? Can you lay out step by step how this condition occurred? See this post as an example. It will help decide if you have to start with Just the VMDK or not:

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/56302
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If the snapshots are not valid, you can always make a new VM and just use the VMDK as the disk. The Information from the Snapshot is lost. You can make a copy of the VMDK file and just attach the drive after the VM is created. It will give you a message, and then boot up. As long as the VMDK is not corrupt, you are on your way.  Try it! It is easy.

 SERVER_1. server-000001 and the other drive are all vmdks, but the one you attach is the boot drive. you can attach the others drives "as necessary"
 
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by:danm66
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You should first make sure that the system is not running off of the snapshots.  Edit the VM's settings and click on the hard disk(s), then look in the upper right corner to see what the path to the file is.  It will say either name.vmdk or name-00000X.vmdk.  If it's running off of the snapshot you can try taking another snapshot and then do a 'delete all' to see if it gets rid of them.
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by:Luciano Patrão
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Hi

This question is close, but i will add my $.02 also :)

Like paulsolov says, for me is the always the best option when you have plenty trash from the snapshots.

Not always deleting and choose a different vmdk is possible. Or even create a new VM and use the vmdk.

Right now I have a similar problem with a vCenter VM that have some snapshots problems and vmdk. Creating a new VM wit this vmdk, or changing th vmdk disks, is not an option in this case.

Just an opinion.

Jail
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