Vmware consolidation failed, vm will not startup, no more disk space
Posted on 2013-11-28
I have a huge problem, we are running Vmware Esxi 5.0 on a server, there are 2 virtual machines running on this Esxi, and SBS 2011 and a server 2012 Standard for running Veeam.
Both have their own datastore..
Only the SBS server is being used by the company, the 2012 Standard was setup for running veeam to back-up the SBS Server (multiple revisions). A few days ago, I noticed that the Server 2012 was on hold due to lack of disk space. It was using 800GB while the OS is only using 200GB.
The reason seemed to be a failed Veeam backup. Since there was no space left on this datastore (or the other one) I foolishly deleted all the snapshots in the snapshot manager, in the hopes of creating disk space. I did this once before, after consolidating the snapshots I had enough diskspace to clone the Virtual machine and shrink it and put it back. This time however I do not have enough disk space to consolidate the disks. And now my server 2012 won’t start anymore.
I tried to move the failed virtual machine to a Vmware Workstation in the hopes of getting it running again but with no luck. I am certain that if I have more disk space and the consolidation didn’t fail, the Virtual machine would be restored and I could start it again (as I did before)
For the Server 2012 I only had 1 backup revision, and it failed due to the last failed backup (I know this was stupid but I was also lacking disk space for the back-up and the client can’t invest in more storage atm)
In the data store I have multiple files:
a bunch of log files
server 2012.vmx vmsd file, hlog file.