It is my first post, I hope to do well.
I am really confused and need some guidance, I had a VM in esxi 6.7.0 (8169922).
with a single 900Gb virtual disk in a 940Gb Datastore.
After performing the clean installation of the operating system I made a snapshot, and then with the necessary software within the operating system, I made another snapshot and then I forgot about them.
As a result I got two snapshots (one of ~ 4Gb and the last one with ~ 36Gb) with all the information and I haven't been able to start the VM for a week.
Oddly, snapshots were created outside of the VM folder.
The first thing I try to do is delete the snapshots from the administrator in the web client, and then try to consolidate disks, the process does not throw any errors and ends, but I still see in the browser the vmdk of the snapshots outside the VM folder , just as they were previously to consolidate the disk.
So I try to move the first snapshot to an nfs folder on a seagate NAS, this process is halted and a flat ... file of ~ 930Gb ....... appears in the Datastore.
inside the snapshot that is still in the datastore, it refers to another obviously missing snapshot CID (see attached image)
and now is when i think ..
- how is it possible that a 940Gb datastore enters two 900Gb files + the last 36Gb snapshot? ...
- is this flat file an incomplete file and should I recover the deleted snapshot?
I will not comment on the other issues that come from ignorance.
I hope someone can help me and I hope this problem is not so serious.
Regards!! and thank you very much in advance.