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We've had a server running on a snap for over a year.  I consolidated yesterday but as we run image backups on top of the snapshot is was running on it seems to have left a lot of old 00000x.vmdk files behind.  Is there a safe way of cleaning these up?  Can they just be deleted through the GUI or the shell?

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CHECK before you manually delete the files, the VM is still not writing to a Snapshot.

see my EE Article how you can check this ?

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient

Consolidate may not have worked correctly...

You may also want to check your backup application, does not have the parent virtual machine disk attached ?
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I'm 100% sure it's not running on a snap. I chose to delete all in SS manager, and that worked fine but left those files behind.  We use acrons to back up, I can check with the vendor if it used that but we back all our machines up in the same manor and it hasn't left any files behind in the same manner.,
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Please check your virtual disk, you will definately see if you are still running on a snapshot or not.

if you delete the files without knowing or checking, you risk virtual machine corruption for sure.
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vmdk.1PNG.PNGThis si the virtual disk, all the other disks are the same except a _x at the end.
vmdk.1PNG.PNG
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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that disk looks clear of no snapshots, what about disk2?

otherwise safe to delete, we would always recommend move first just ot on the safe side.
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Other disks: Other Disks
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looks clear as well, so move the snapshot files, see if the VM continues to function, and then later delete the files.
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