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Posted on 2011-02-21
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Hello,

Heres my situation.  My VM guest died on me last FRiday and it had a snapshot from the 15th i believe.
The VM died due to lack of space on the datashare. So what I did was move the VM to a different datashare.  I ended up having to remove the VM from inventory and recreating it using the existing disks of course.  I was wondering how to revert back to this snapshot after the fact since I have moved the VM off to a new datashare and also let snapshot manager know it exists.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 334 total points
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you'll need to use the command line, have a look at this article for delete/merging snapshots

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1026380
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If you want to revert just edit the .vmx file and point the filenames to the original vmdk files - at that point the snapshot files may be deleted.

If you want to actually commit the snapshots then create another snapshot to make it appear in snapshot manager, then do a delete all.

Good Luck
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I am not trying to delete the snapshot
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Delete means merge.
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Will I be able to merge the snapshot even though it was on a different data store?  Basically when I did that snapshot it was pointing to the datastore it was on previously.  
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Typically snapshots are only identified relative to the folder where the vm is - so if all of the files (config, vram, vmdk, snaps, etc.) are in the same folder it shouldn't make any difference where you moved it to.

The location is, however, related to the uuid of the vm. First time you powered it on vmware wants to know if it was moved or copied. In your case it was moved.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Yes, provided all the vmdk and delta are together.
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Thanks guys!
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