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Reverting to a snapshot in vCenter Server shows the error: This object has already been deleted or has not been completely created (1039326)

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  • Reverting to a snapshot for a virtual machine fails
  • Unable to power on or migrate a cloned virtual machine
  • You see the error:

    This object has already been deleted or has not been completely created.

  • vCenter Server logs contain entries similar to:

    13421:[2011-03-08 09:50:53.257 02580 info 'App' opID=3DB842F7-0000013A] [VpxLRO] -- ERROR task-489263 -- vm-9273 -- vim.vm.Snapshot.revert: vmodl.fault.ManagedObjectNotFound:
    13423-(vmodl.fault.ManagedObjectNotFound) {
    13424- dynamicType = <unset>,
    13425- faultCause = (vmodl.MethodFault) null,
    13426: obj = 'vim.vm.Snapshot:snapshot-133808',
    13427- msg = "",

  • ESX logs contain entries similar to:

    [2011-03-08 09:50:47.127 F4F51B90 info 'Vmomi'] Throw vmodl.fault.ManagedObjectNotFound
    [2011-03-08 09:50:47.127 F4F51B90 info 'Vmomi'] Result:
    (vmodl.fault.ManagedObjectNotFound) {
       dynamicType = <unset>,
       faultCause = (vmodl.MethodFault) null,
       obj = 'vim.vm.Snapshot:576-snapshot-4',
       msg = "",


This issue may be caused by mismatched snapshot object id in vCenter database. The mismatch can be triggered by migrating the powered off virtual machine to a different ESX host then restarting vpxd service.
To work around this issue:
  1. Remove the virtual machine from the inventory and re-add.
  2. Restart the revert operation within vCenter Server.
  3. Login to the ESX/ESXi host directly using the vSphere Client, and revert the snapshot.
  4. Revert the snapshot via the command-line in the ESX or ESXi host. For more information, see Committing snapshots on ESX/ESXi host from command line (1026380).
  5. Restart the vCenter Server service. For more information, see Stopping, starting, or restarting vCenter services (1003895)
Note: If your problem still exists after trying the steps in this article, please:

Additional Information

Note: You may also receive this error while taking a snapshot. In this case, remove the virtual machine from the inventory and re-add as per Step 1 in the preceding workaround. You should now be able to take a snapshot successfully.


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See Also

Update History

05/23/2012 - Added additional resolution step. 07/11/2013 - Added additional symptom

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