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Snapshot error - possible to commit delta files?


I had a datastore run out of space last night, with a VM that had an active snapshot.

I managed to free up some space but, upon restart, the VM had pointed back to its original VMDK file, and data has been lost. When I browse the datastore, I don't have any ...00001.vmdk files, but I do have a couple of ...delta.vmdk files. Snapshot manager still shows an active snapshot.

1. If I remove this snapshot, will that consolidate the delta files and retrieve my data?

2. If not, is there a way I can recombine the delta files?



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looks like the descriptor vmdks for the deltas were lost somehow ?

it also looks like the VM now starts with a bad vmx-file !!!

The delta description vmdks can be restored from scratch but to do that a lot of input is required

we need:

filelist of the VMs directory including date and size - do NOT use datastorebrowser for this - use winscp or something like that

all existing small vmdk-files

all existing vmware.logs

if exists - the vmsd files

If the VM right now is still running with an outdated state of data - power it down right now - if necessary kill it.

Don't do any snapshotmanager operations

Here is a checklist I made for similar cases - yours is a bit more tricky as the 00000*.vmdk-file must be recreated


Here is a guide how to recreate missing vmdk-descriptor-files :



VMX-parameters- WS FAQ -[ MOAcd|http://sanbarrow.com/moa241.html] - VMDK-Handbook

Do you need support with a VMFS recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
I do not support Workstation 16 at this time ...

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