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    Right turn Clyde Nokia's Avatar
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    Can I just hijack this thread temporarily please?

    One of my colleagues just asked me a question about VMWare that I was unable to answer, so thought I would throw it out here, as I know MsMittens and Cemetric are VMware guru's.

    The VMWare in use is VMware Workstation 5.5.5

    When taking a snap shot, a lot of disk space is used up - currently the base image is 3GB but each snap shot is around 743 MB and there are 8 snap shots - obviously a lot of space is being used by them - as I understand it each new snap shot relies on the previous one, so if the first 7 were deleted then the 8th one would not work correctly.

    Is there away to either consolidate the previous snap shots - or take a new one that doesn't rely on the previous ones, therefore allowing the previous 8 to be deleted?

    I know it is off topic for this thread so if someone wants to split it and create a new one that's fine - was just making sure MsMittens and Cem saw it

    Thanks.
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    Nokia, he needs to commit his snapshots (writes it permanently to disk). Snapshots should only be used for a temporary basis and not long term.

    He can find specific details on starting at page 275 of http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ws55_manual.pdf
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    Starting from Workstation 5 (I think) the commit is changed (or altered) to delete, the snapshots now merge automatically when you delete one... This can be a good thing, but also a bad thing
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    Ya. And it's interesting that it's different on Workstation compared to ESX. ESX snapshots are individual. If you have 5 snapshots in a tree and go to level 3 then delete 4 and 5, those snapshots aren't committed but thrown away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MsMittens
    Ya. And it's interesting that it's different on Workstation compared to ESX. ESX snapshots are individual. If you have 5 snapshots in a tree and go to level 3 then delete 4 and 5, those snapshots aren't committed but thrown away.
    MMM ESX niceeee

    You should try to let the snapshots fill up the disk/storage .. See what happens
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    Hey.. I've had to troubleshoot tickets like that. Don't encourage him!
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    Superb - thanks guys, all sorted now.
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