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?
Have you checked vCenter to see if you can consolidate the snapshots through there? See VMware KB: Consolidating snapshots in vSphere 5.x/6.0 for reference.
Delete all doesn't consolidate? It does say, yes to consolidation from vcentet... does below look correct?
I'm newish to VMware but not to tech world..
Can you try this command
vmware-cmd /vmfs/volumes/UUID/VMNAME/VMNAME.vmx removesnapshots
This will delete all the snapshot of the particular vm.
Some more information about snapshot deletion
File not found is the response I received.
I ran cmd from putty shell.
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:
No veeam. Using Nova on remote PC to backup VMs... Another image showing the deltas....
vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.get 9
Are you licensed for Storage vMotion? You can try using that to move the VM to a new VMDK.
Speaking of backups: do you have a good backup of this machine in case things go South?
Backup of 2TB VM took 36hours. 15MB/s - Yes.
Is there a trial of vMotion?
You would have to download and install a new trial version of ESXi.
What version of vSphere are you running? Or is it just a ESXi host that you have?
Do you have a support contract?