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Hi

Just noticed my Exchange VM is displaying this error "Virtual Machine disks consolidation is needed".

I quickly found the Snapshot > Consolitdate option but this fails with error:

Unable to access file <unspecified filename> since it is locked

What shall I do? The VM is currently working, disks have space, etc.
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by:Jo Cox
ID: 39284466
Hello there,

Have a look at this article and see if it helps.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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check my EE Article, is the Exchange Server running on a snapshot currently?

if so you need to *take action*

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient

1. you could run out of datastore space and the VM would stop and shutdown, causing possible corruption.

2. exchange running on a snapshot disk is not supported (as far as Microsoft states!)

3. performance will be worse on a snapshot disk.
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by:bikerhong
ID: 39284542
OK - the VM is running a (several) snapshots which it should not be (looks like Veeam is culprit).

How do I consolidate these?
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Yes, Veeam will be the culprit.

(when the server is quiet!)

1. Select Snapshot Manager
2. Create Snapshot
3. Pause 60 seconds
4. Delete Snapshot
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by:bikerhong
ID: 39284626
I tried this already, but I did not wait 60s! so I am doing this now.

I have just configured an alarm at top level to warn on VM running from Snapshot, and this has placed a warning alarm on ALL VM's - I have checked and none of them are actaully running snapshots??
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by:bikerhong
ID: 39284653
Hmm this did not work - it removed the snapshot but old ones are still there?
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Snapshot Alarm, can be a little hit and miss, you may need to change the snapshot disk size amount.
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ID: 39284679
is the VM still running on a snapshot, unsure how to tell, see my EE Article!

otherwise the files can be deleted. (check first!)
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by:bikerhong
ID: 39284713
Yes, the VM is still running from a snapshot file :(

I have created 2 or 3 "test" snapshots, waited a few mins and hit Delete All but no joy.
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ID: 39284725
can you screenshot the datastore of files and the VM Settings, so I can check the disks

the current disk is not attached to veeam appliance or backup job is running
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by:bikerhong
ID: 39284768
The disks were still hot-added onto the Veeam VM, now committing :)
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As part of your daily admin, you need to check for snapshots!
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