Removing Snapshots in VMware

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snapshot managersnapshot listHi,
 I have ESXi V5 host where I have a virtual machine running Windows Server 2003. One time I ran Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) in this VM to create a VHDX file, but I had to stop it in the middle.
 After that, I realized that there were snapshots created.
 What is the best way to delete these snapshots safely?

Thanks.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Click on Remove Snapshot and then WAIT.  It could take a long while (overnight or longer if you start now)

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which line do I select?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Best resource is right here in EE

https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/10300/HOW-TO-VMware-Snapshots-Be-Patient.html

Just follow the how-to steps in the article.
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There are two lines of MVMC_Conversion_Snapshot. Which one do I remove first? Do I click [Delete] button or [Delete All] button?
Do I delete while VM is turned on or should I turn off the VM before removing the snapshot?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You can leave the VM running, and click on Delete ALL and then wait .  That is why I said start now and then leave overnight.

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click on Delete ALL and then wait .  --> click which line?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I assume you are in Snapshot Manager.  In your screen shot, the first line.

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FS1_W2003-recovered?
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No. The one below it  MVMC …

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Got it. Let me try that and I will report back.
After deleting is completed, should I reboot the VM?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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If it completes normally, then yes, I would restart the VM. Make sure it is running correctly and then restart. That will likely be tomorrow.

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I started running. But there is no progressive bar. is this normal?
The only thing that I can tell is that [Delete] or [Delete All] buttons are recessed. So I assume those buttons will became active once the removal is done.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You need to wait a while. After some time the progress bar should show. It has only been a couple of minutes.
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Correct, don't get confused just because you get no feedback. Deleting a snapshot requires to combine all changes made since its creation into the files of its parent . If the snapshot has been created a while back, there is a lot to do ...
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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DELETE ALL

Wait and Be Patient!

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I had to "CLOSE" Sanpshot manager window in order to see the progress at the bottom of the vSphere client.
When I did that, it was already 33% done last night.
Thank you.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You are very welcome and I am glad you were able to complete the deletion

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