I noticed that a vm had 15 snapshots, I tried delete all but it it kept looping at 99% (0%-99% every 10 mins). I cancelled and my snapshots vanished from manager. I created new snapshot and then deleted it and that worked fine... in my datastore the deltas and 00001 02 03 vmdks etc still exist. I ran rvtools to determine orphans then tried to move these to a different temp folder but they are locked.
How do I reclaim space and delete or consolidate these files?
I would suggest following the steps in this article (VMware KB: Determining if there are leftover delta files or snapshots that VMware vSphere or Infrast...) to confirm that you do have a lingering snapshot.
From there, why don't you try and delete the snapshot via the command line as outlined here: VMware KB: Committing snapshots when there are no snapshot entries in the Snapshot Manager
This is the error I receive when consolidating....
Shows LWADC2.lwa.local-000002.vmd as disk image when editing the VM.
I also tried moving again, a suspected orphan and below is the message... RVtools gives me a big list of orphans, instead of deleting I tried moving, just in case...
Are you by chance using Veeam for backup? I have experienced this error message (as have others) where Veeam isn't able to release the VM when it snapshots it. A couple of examples: