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VM experts up there.
Some reason the datastore reached the capacity after I took snapshots. Will it free up the space if I delete the snapshots or I have to look for other files in the datastore?
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by:Manojkumar Rane
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Yes, deleting snapshot will free up some space on datastore.

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http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1025279
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Be very careful when using Snapshots, and do not leave VMs running on snapshots too long, otherwise the Datastore will fill up, and the VM can stop running.

see my EE Article

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient

When you remove the snapshots, the free space will remain, but be careful here.
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by:sara2000
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hanccocka:

it was good articles.Is it safe to delete 00001.vmdk files in the datastore ?  if snapshot manager does not show anything.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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No you cannot just delete the file!

you need try to do the following:-

1. create a snapshot from Snapshot - Take Snapshot
2. Wait 60 seconds
3. Delete the snapshot?

is it gone
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Thank you ,
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