Virtual Machine disks consolidation is needed

VMware server powered off and no longer will power on.

Receiving the following error: "Virtual Machine disks consolidation is needed"

My datastore is 2.0TB, and even through my total storage is about 1.5, the summary of my storage shows that the non-shared storage AND the used storage are both at 2.0TB (with 8mb free).

I have no snapshots -- I did a delete all in the snapshot manager a few days ago and they cleared out (after a few hours).

A couple days later, I'm finding myself in this situation with a full datastore. I checked the datastore and I do have some 000001.vmdk that seem to mimic the 01-1 (etc) vmdk drives.

I'm unsure of the dangers of running the consolidation. Should I proceed?
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Ajay ChananaMCSE-2003/08|RHCSA| VCP5/6 |vExpert2018Commented:
No danger ,consolidation do same process as you delete the snapshot. the process help you (delete hidden snapshot ) to re write data to main disk.

so go ahead and consolidate.
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Ajay ChananaMCSE-2003/08|RHCSA| VCP5/6 |vExpert2018Commented:
Delete all usually delete what snapshot listed in snapshot manager, but you can delete all snap by creating a snapshot first and then performing delete all


another safe process is to clone.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
what space free do you have on the datastore ?
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistCommented:
Hello

Try the following:

1-Create a snapshot again.
2-Once the snapshot is created, delete all the snapshot in the Snapshot Manager.
3-Then go to the datastore and validate that there are no snapshots.

If you still have snapshot present after doing the above procedure, it means that there is a snapshot you are writing about your base disk and you should move that snapshot to another folder, but first validate with the previous procedure and let us know the results.

Indicianos please the free space in your datastore.

Regards..
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Ajay ChananaMCSE-2003/08|RHCSA| VCP5/6 |vExpert2018Commented:
duplicate answer R@f@r
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistCommented:
Hello

Could you perform the tests mentioned ?.

Regards..
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