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How to delete vmdk files that stay during snapshot process cancellation on ESXi 5.0?

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Hi,

My colleague has canceled a snapshot process and for some reason the VMDK file created du snapshot process are still there in each LUN (because servers has 3 disks).

Because it consumes space we need do delete it but how? In snapshot manager there is nothing but when we browse the datastore we can see it.
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You can try just right-click virtual machine, click snapshot and then click Consolidate.

Another option, is just take a new snapshot and then delete the snapshot using the option "Delete All" on snapshot manager.

See the following VMware KB article for additional details: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2003638
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Since the Snapshot manager doesn't show them, they're not active. You should be able to delete them from Datastore Browser by right-clicking on the file in question and selecting "Delete from Disk".
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1. Take a new snapshot.
2. Wait 1-2 minutes.
3. DELETE ALL.

WAIT and BE Patient!

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient
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