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Posted on 2016-11-10
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Hello,

A customer has removed all snpashots manually without using the interface to free some disk space.
Inevitably the VM will not start.

I explained to my client that he lost all changes made after the first snapshot.

How to restart the VM to its original state before snapshot?

Thank s in adavanced !
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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The simplest thing to do, would be to remove the virtual disk from the VM, (do not delete from disk), and then add the virtual disk back to the VM.

and then start the VM, however the resulting VM, may not start, be corrupted, missing files, and reverted.

It would be better for the VM to be restored from a Backup.

You may want to send the following link on snapshots to your client, an article I wrote on Snapshots

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient
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Probably it is possible to chkdsk and boot from VMDK copied to another folder (here goest the disk space saving)
Other than that - tell customer to not delete files at random....
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