first time evaluating ESXI 5. Installed on a Dell R210 on 4GB USB flash drive for ESXI. Installed Crucial m4 SSD for storage of VM. Worked OK during 2 days of testing. _Very_ fast OS installation and boot up.
After OS installed & patched, make a snapshot called "before apps".
Then, started to install apps for users.
After a few items installed & tested, wanted to delete the snapshot. Took 5 minutes to get to 25%. 10 minutes to get to 50%. Stayed at 75% for over an hour, then I had to leave. I left it to run overnight.
This was a <30 of 40GB used on the VM guest's drive. It was the only VM on a 256GB SSD.
A 500MB application installation took about 1-1.5 minutes. Why did this deletion of the snapshot take so long.
This morning, the VM is "unknown (inaccessible)". I was going to assume it was toast, and figure out how to wipe/reprovision the SSD & start over again...but the SSD is no longer listed as a datastore. The only things availble to me are a SATA HDD and an NFS store where I put ISO images for the VM guests.
What did I do to kill the SSD or take it offline? Is it likely that the ESXI installation is trashed, or that I trashed the SSD? Or a hardware failure not caused by me.
I'm not heartbroken over losing either the ESXI install or the VM guest...it was a first run at testing. But, I'm lost as how to troubleshoot.