Im running ESXi 5.5 with 2 datastore. Physical server is a DL380p GEN8 with P420i BBW controllor
On DS1 there's a SBS2011 server running with 2 virtual disks (see pics attached)
I used Veaam to backup the server, after that it wasn’t possible anymore to poweroff/poweron the machine due to a running task. Finally use esxtop to kill the server. That’s worked. But after that the message appears in vshpere: "configuration issues virtual machine consolidation is needed".
After that I read the Be patient post from Andrew Hancock (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_10300-HOW-TO-VMware-Snapshots-Be-Patient.html
) and noticed that this server I running on a snapshop for a while. But those snapshots aren't displayed in the snapshopmanager, but in the DS browser you can find them (see pic).
I a little scared after reading some post to use the "Consolidate" option in Vshpere for this server. Also I read that it's possible if the "Delete all" button is greyed out in the snapshotmanager, to make a new snapshot and after that click on the delete all button. Because of the possibility that this can take hours or days, and the server cannot be powered off, this tasks need to be done online. Please advise me.
I'm thinking about another solution. I'm using vcenter server and I have a second datastore with I can use to run this server on with enough space. Is it a good idea to clone the VM to this other DS without any snapshot so I can run it clean on DS2?
A few times i noticed that Veeam 6.1 is stuck on 99% of the backup on "processing server", probably thats the moment when veeam should remove the snapshot. What to do here?
Finally, is it better (performance) to run the SBS2011 server on the raid1 datastore?