Vmware snapshots not consolidating

02-Nov-2015 03:14

Power CLI from the client could be run as an automated, scheduled task once a week for Master John's task. Consolidate VMDisks_Task() for consolidating snapshots. Snapshot consolidation (or commit) operations in VMware v Sphere have always been a problem, especially for large and really active virtual machines.

By submitting your email address, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant topic offers from Tech Target and its partners. Contact Tech Target at 275 Grove Street, Newton, MA.IT Knowledge Exchange user Master John has to generate snapshots for a specific task once a week.He recently asked if there is a way to automatically consolidate VMware snapshots in v Sphere 5.Contributors Mike Nelson and Brian Knudtson suggest two options.He suggests using a scheduled script or an orchestration engine (e.g.v Center Orchestrator) to accomplish the weekly automated snapshot consolidation.

Nelson agrees, pointing to the commands and methods for v Center Orchestrator in the "Virtual Machine" object of VMware's support documentation.

Consider using VMware v Sphere Power CLI, a command-line tool for controlling VMs, networking, storage and more, Nelson advises.

VMware snapshots copy a virtual machine disk file (VMDK), preserving the disk file system and system memory to prevent losses in the event that something goes wrong.

IT admins initiate VMware delete snapshot operations, which consolidate snapshots back to the parent VMDK via the v Sphere Client or the vmware-cmd command-line utility.

If consolidations don't occur, snapshots can rapidly eat up space on a data store.

Knudtson doubts automation is an option within the VMware v Sphere 5 client.