Orphaned Snapshots?

James Harrell
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I am trying to expand a disk on a virtual machine which is hosted in VMware.  The option to expand is greyed out.  Upon examination the disk name is appended with .00001.vmdk.  As I researched it appears that this is caused by having a snapshot.  I was getting a message that consolidation was required.  I did this and it completed successfully, however did nit resolve the problem.  I also created a snapshot and then “deleted all” - with the same result.  I have found a couple of posting which talk about lost or corrupt snapshots, but I don’t seem to find a clear way to resolve this issue.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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You state in the title Orphaned Snapshots?

Is it ?

Please confirm if the VM is still writing to the snapshot. (the fact you cannot Expand, is a good hint!)

Please see my EE Article, it explains how to check.... (and that does not mean looking at Snapshot Manager!)

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient

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Thank you for the article, it was very helpful.  Essentially it appears that although the GUI indicated that he consolidation was completed it took longer to actually complete.  While I was looking at the various files, per your article, the greyed out area changed and I was able to increase the volume size.

Again, thank you very much for the assistance.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Hence the Be Patient.

Glad it's resolved...

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