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Hi Experts,

on some VMs I get this message:

Virtual machine disks consolidation is needed

We use VMWARE 5.5 with 3 hosts.
I have checked my snapshots, but I haven´t found any old snapshot.
Why this message comes up ?
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Question by:Eprs_Admin
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can you look at the datastore, and screenshot it and post it here.

also check my EE Article and confirm, the VM is not writing to a snapshot disk.

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient
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by:Eprs_Admin
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What kind of screenshot you need ?
Data files in datastore  or general settings of datastore ?

The datastore is an Datastore connected via ISCSI on my NETAPP storage.
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your article is great and I think I have exact this problem.
In the GUI I cannot see any snapshot but on the datastore itself.

snapshot-disks.JPG
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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So there is a snapshot present, can you see it ?

this is very normal, that snapshots do not appear in the Snapshot Manager.

What you need to do is as follows:-

Check you have enough storage space on the volume

1. Take a new snapshot
2. Wait 60-120 Seconds
3. DELETE ALL snapshots
4. Wait and Be Patient.....

it could take seconds, minutes, hours, days or weeks to merge the snapshots, but it will complete/
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by:Eprs_Admin
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Yes I have seen it.

1. Take a new snapshot -> done
2. Wait 60-120 Seconds -> done
3. DELETE ALL snapshots -> done
4. Wait and Be Patient..... -> done it was quick, after 5 miniutes done.

Thanks a lot Andrew.
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Very good, it may be worth setting up an email alert, to alert you of these in the future.
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