snapshots stuck in datastore, getting big
Posted on 2011-05-12
bit if a mess here - at least from my perspective. really hoping this is a no-brainer for you experts. Exchange server is a VM. had a couple of issues with veeam 5 backups failing (various reasons). on the last failed run before I deleted out the job and ran a full, which completed successfully, there was an error starting it couldn't remove a snapshot. The Veeam snapshot was removed on the full that was successful but somehow a VM snapshot was created - I think. I have no delta files in the datastore but I do have a disk named BU-EXCH1-000002.vmdk that is almost 27 GB now. I believe this file is holding changes to the server since it was created. It is hard for me to believe that the exchange server has accumulated this much info over a few days, but it has. I have increased the size of my datastore to give the file room to grow until I can figure out how to get rid of it. I was planning on going through snapshot manager and doing a delete all (snapshot manager only shows the consolidated helper, no other snapshots) but was concerned this may fail or cripple the machines performance while it worked. I used converter last night to test a conversion and it worked fine. However, it rolled up the snapshot, as expected, and increased my vmdk file by 27 GB. anyway to avoid that or is that taken up disk space just a casualty of an errant snapshot?
Anyway, suggestions greatly appreciated. I need to be careful as this is my exchange server. I can take it offline / power off if needed but not until tomorrow night (Friday night).
Thanks a lot