Vmware ESXi 5.5 Virtual Machine disks running on snapshot
Posted on 2014-12-03
I have been reading up on all the great articles here on snapshots and vmware especially this one:
"HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient" which is an awesome post. My situation is a little different.
I have a VM that VEEAM backup failed to consolidate the snapshot- so it is running on the snapshot and no snapshots show up in manager- all OK But this VM is huge- 2TB database server. It has 2 disks- 60GB OS disk and a 2TB disk for the databases. It is the second disk (of course) that is running off of snapshot. So my solution instead of making another snapshot and consolidating (or DELETE ALL) would be instead to just delete that disk. Then re-create a new blank disk and restore all my DBs on it. This seems better and faster for my situation not to mention I am not sure I have enough space on the ESXi 5.5 host to do another snapshot- I have good db backups ready to go- just finished testing them all. The OS disk is fine- so my plan is:
1. Shut down VM
2. Delete HD disk running on snapshot
3. Make new HD disk same size.
4. Restart VM and restore dbs to new blank disk.
My question is this: will deleting that HD in a VM's settings - will that delete all the snapshot files and clear the alarm? Or is there something else I am going to have to do- like going into the file system and deleting snapshot files manually. I am trying to decide to do it 'my way' or how everyone else does it with consolidation.