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VMWARE easy way to see what guests have snapshots on them ?

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is there a easy way to tell what guests have snapshots , other than selecting each one and seeing if they exist in snapshot manager ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 250 total points
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Yes, I would use the following

I would recommend using the following, also VMware recommends the use of PowerCLI, which is PowerShell interface with vSphere-specific additions.

http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/server/vsphere/automationtools/powercli

One of the simplest PowerCLI examples, and something which is actually extremely useful on its own, is the Get-VM cmdlet. Which lists VMs.

PowerCLI can be a bit overwhelming to use,  But it can be enhanced with a nice toolset and a library of preconfigured scripts to jump-start your mass changes, which is possible with PowerGUI

http://powergui.org/index.jspa

and

VMware Community Pack

http://www.virtu-al.net/featured-scripts/vmware-powerpack/


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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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You could also set an Alarm in vCenter.
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by:Luciano Patrão
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Hi

Using PowerShell you can list this, hanccocka inform above.

This is a small Script that I have created to list all snapshots for each VM.

I  use PowerGUI from Quest(VMware vSphere Management).

http://www.powergui.org/entry.jspa?externalID=1802

Hope this can help

Jail
###########################################################################################
# TScript: List All Snaphots for each VM												  #
# Created by: Luciano Patrão													       	  #
# Date: 01-12-2010   						 	     	                	       		  #
###########################################################################################

$server = "Enter vCenter IP or VMware host IP"
$user = "Enter user"
$pwd = "Enter password"

Connect-VIServer $server -User $user -Password $pwd

$AllVirtualMachines = Get-VM

foreach ($VirtualMachine in $AllVirtualMachines)
	{$AllSnapshots=Get-Snapshot -VM $VirtualMachine
		foreach ($Snapshot in $AllSnapshots)
	 		{If ($Snapshot.ID -like "VirtualMachineSnapshot-*")
  			{Write-Host "VM-> " $VirtualMachine.Name, 
				" - Snapshot Name-> " $Snapshot.Name, 
				" - Snapshot Description-> "$Snapshot.Description}}}

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by:adpindia
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here is the single powercli command for your requirement.

get-vm | Get-Snapshot -VM {$_.Name} | select name,vm

Of course, before using this command you should connect to Vcenter server by using below command  :)

Connect-VIServer -Server servername -User username -Password password  
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