Masl
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lots of small snapshots - e.g.43,00B

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Hello,

when I take a look at Home --> Inventory --> Datastores --> Storage Views, column "Snapshop Space"

I can see lots of very small snapshots, each of ~43 to 45 Bytes.

Now I'm wondering if that is something abnormal or maybe just a "preparation" for some later snapshot.

The environment consists of:

ESXi     4.1.0, 348481

vCenter 4.1.0, 345043

iSCSI Storage

Thank you in advance,

Regards Masl.

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chriswahl
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These are probably the VMSD files. It's sort of an index of snapshots and is nothing harmful or out of the ordinary. Check the datastore for a file called <vm name>.vmsd and see if it matches the size you're seeing in the storage view.

Also see:

http://www.vmware.com/support/ws5/doc/ws_learning_files_in_a_vm.html

This is a centralized file for storing information and metadata about snapshots.
VCDX #104 (DCV, NV) ஃ WahlNetwork.com ஃ @ChrisWahl ஃ Author, Networking for VMware Administrators

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chriswahl
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These are probably the VMSD files. It's sort of an index of snapshots and is nothing harmful or out of the ordinary. Check the datastore for a file called <vm name>.vmsd and see if it matches the size you're seeing in the storage view.

Also see:

http://www.vmware.com/support/ws5/doc/ws_learning_files_in_a_vm.html

This is a centralized file for storing information and metadata about snapshots.
VCDX #104 (DCV, NV) ஃ WahlNetwork.com ஃ @ChrisWahl ஃ Author, Networking for VMware Administrators

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Masl
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Thank you!

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