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vmware running on delta file, need to committ to flat vmdk file with o bytes in vmsd

we have a vmware environment where someone has deleted critical files, the vm is running on a delta file now, and the vmsd file has zero bytes, what do we do do commit this delta file to the flat vmdk file? the snapshot manager is not showing the snapshot.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. Take a Snapshot through Snapshot Manager
2. Wait 60 seconds
3. Delete ALL the Snapshot through Snapshot Manager

check datastore, has the snapshot been merged, please note this can take minutes, hours or days to complete, depending on how large the snapshot is, and how many, it's likely to stick at 95%-99% and look as if it's hung, just be patient, and do not be tempted to restart host, mess with VMs etc

see my EE Article

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient
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cpetronellaAuthor Commented:
tried that, get an invalid snapshot conifguration. the vmsd has 0 bytes
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
do you know, how this has occured? nobody has removed any files?
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cpetronellaAuthor Commented:
here are the files that are present

IC-RDS-000001-delta.vmdk      06-Feb-2013 18:50      119336751104
IC-RDS-a2158e18.vswp      04-Dec-2012 05:12      25769803776
IC-RDS-flat.vmdk      01-Jan-2012 18:06      214748364800
IC-RDS.nvram      12-Dec-2012 16:30      8684
IC-RDS.vmsd      06-Feb-2013 01:29      0
IC-RDS.vmx      15-Aug-2012 22:45      2781
vmware.log      09-Jan-2013 16:42      3195737
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
the only other options if we cannot merge the snapshot files, can you upload a screenshot of the datastore, is to use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0, can create a V2V (virtual to virtual conversion, by installing VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 on the VM)

- this is the supported VMware get out of jail - trick!

see my EE Articles

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

HOW TO: Improve the transfer rate of a Physical to Virtual (P2V), Virtual to Virtual Conversion (V2V) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0
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cpetronellaAuthor Commented:
yes files were deleted inadvertently, we cannot find the missing files
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cpetronellaAuthor Commented:
ok, i was thinking on doing that, just not how that would work being a vm not a physical machine.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if someone has been deleting files, use Converter.

It does not matter if it's a physical or virtual machine (it cannot tell!)
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cpetronellaAuthor Commented:
great, thanks for the help.
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