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VMWare deleted the snapshot by mistake

Posted on 2010-11-30
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Greetings!!

There is a web machine which was running a snapshot.  I did not realize it and deleted the snapshot.  And it goes into a very old state.  How can I bring into a orginal state.  Any idea or suggestion will be highly appreciated...
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by:amateusn
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You could only get back to a new state if you had took a snapshot recently. Sorry, but there is nothing you can do about it if you deleted the snapshot.
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How about restoring back the last system state backup? Would that work?
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by:elaw
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how does it work to restore the last system state
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by:elaw
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Tell me if you select to Go To, it will just take you to the orginal state before the snapshot and yoiu can go back to new location.  But if you delete the snapshot then you loose everything.
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First off you have to determine that your backup solution does a regular system state backup.

If so then it is a simple case of restoring that backup over the current system. Bear in mind you will lose data created between the backup and the real time.
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by:elaw
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But Antony what is the gaurantee that it will work in the virtual environment
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Usually when using the Delete option.

It Permanently remove a snapshot from vCenter Server. Commits the snapshot data to the parent and removes the selected snapshot.

If it has reverted to an older state (an older copy of the virtual machine), somehow the revert to Go To option may have been used.

Unfortunately, you'll need to restore the virtual machine from a backup, and then Delete (comit) the snapshot.

I think you also need to examine why a Snapshot had been created, and used for a long time without comitting or Cloning out.
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I make no guarantees   :)

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Is it possible if there is any vmdk file is available from where we can restore it
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Thanks
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