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VDP Snapshots left after powering down VDP

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We have a VMware 5.1 cluster with VDP backup.
I was storage vmotioning several vm's the other day and the VDP got stupid and was running for more than 12 hours.  Users were complaining about the slow down so I forcibly shut down the VDP servers. (They were taking wayyyyy to long to shut down)  Now I have vdp snapshots left with my VMs.  I tried to vstorage motion one vm and it hung at 81%.  After a rather long process of removing the vm and recreating and pointing to the vmdk it is back up but do not want to go thru the process for 6 more VMs.
If I power up VDP will it clean up?
Is there any other way to clean them up? (is consolidate safe?)

Any help is appreciated...  very stressed out right now.
Thanks
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Thank you!
Shut them down one at a time and followed your advice.
They consolidated at a rate of around 1GB / Min so the 10GB snapshots went fast.
Had one VM that shut down but VCenter thought it was still up.... hung.... I hate my job.
So even trying to do an esxcli shutdown with hard and force did nothing
esxcli vms vm kill --type=[soft,hard,force] --world-id=WorldNumber
Had to restart the host, then it came up as invalid
Had to remove from the vcenter and re-add.  During that process the vmx file icon was not valid so it did not want to add... refresh and it changed.... The Lord is good, it was a huge exchange server.
Added it back, then booted fine, then down again, do the snapshot dance per your instructions and take it back up.  Store mounted fine and on to the next.
Did I say I hate my job....
Thank you for your assistance.
I am still curious why it hung on shutdown and why when I vstorage motioned a vm that had a snapshot that it hung on 81% for 12+ hours, if you think you can answer them I can start a new question.
Thanks again you were a life saver.
Brian
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Thanks for your kinds words...

1. VDP does take an age to shutdown, and sometimes it remains unresponsive and hangs! (still in latest version!).

2. I would *never* be confident in Storage vMotioning a VM with a snapshot! Deal with the snapshot first!
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