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Snapshot Manager fails to detect snapshots of VMs (1026380)

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Snapshots of virtual machines running on snapshot disks are not detected by the Snapshot Manager.


This article provides steps to commit snapshots using Command Line Interface (CLI).


To resolve this issue, consolidate snapshots on the ESXi host.

To consolidate snapshots on the ESXi host:
  1. Log in to the ESXi console through iLO/DRAC as a root user.
  2. Navigate to the virtual machine directory containing the .vmdk files.
  3. Run this command to list files in the directory:

    ls -ltrh *.vmdk

  4. Locate snapshot files similar to VM_NAME-00000#.vmdk or VM_NAME-00000#-delta.vmdk.

    Note: The delta files should have the current timestamp

  5. Run this command to get a list of virtual machines and the VMID for each virtual machine:

    vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms

    Note the VMID of the virtual machine for which the snapshot is not detected.

  6. Run this command to verify if the snapshot exists:

    vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.get VMID

  7. Run this command to remove all snapshots:

    vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.removeall VMID
If the snapshot.removeall command fails with the error Cannot find VMID, run these commands:

  1. Run this command to create a new snapshot:

    vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.create VMID snapshotName description includeMemory quiesced

    Where includeMemory and quiesced variables are Boolean values. Set the value to 1 to enable or 0 to disable the snapshot option.

    For example:

    # vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.create 10 my_snapshot snapshot_test 0 0

  2. Run this command to remove all snapshots:

    vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.removeall VMID

Additional Information

To verify if the virtual machine is running on snapshot disks:
  1. Right-click the virtual machine and click Edit Settings.
  2. Select the Virtual Disk and check the Disk File. If it is labeled as VM-000001.vmdk, the virtual machine is running on snapshot disks.


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See Also

Update History

03/12/2015 - Added ESXi 6.0 to Products.

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