VMware – Virtual Machine Consolidation Needed Status

By | November 5, 2013

VMware – Virtual Machine Consolidation Needed Status

One of my virtual machine stopped responding and was unable to Power-On. The machine reports an alarm with message “Virtual machine consolidation needed status”.

Actions Taken

  1. Open the Snapshot Manger to identify the active snapshot.
  2. Right click the virtual machine and choose Edit Settings, verified to which VMDK disk the virtual machine Hard Disk was pointed.
  3. Browse the datastore and navigate to this virtual machine folder. There we could see an orphaned Snapshot (size represented 28.18 KB).

  4. Once again right click the virtual machine, navigate to Snapshot and Choose Consolidate

After the completion of this task, the virtual machine was able to Power-On and accessible.

Consolidating snapshots for a virtual machine

Note: Before proceeding, ensure to consider these points related to snapshot consolidation:

  • The remove snapshot process can take a long time to complete if the snapshots are large.
  • If the consolidation process is stopped before completing, it may result in data corruption.
  • The virtual machine performance may be degraded while the snapshot consolidation process.

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Melbin Mathew

I am Melbin Mathew, Systems Engineer from Kerala, India. I live with my parents, daughter and my wonderful wife. I graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Hardware from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam and completed certification in MCITP, RHCE, CCNA, VCP ...Read More
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About Melbin Mathew

I am Melbin Mathew, Systems Engineer from Kerala, India. I live with my parents, daughter and my wonderful wife. I graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Hardware from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam and completed certification in MCITP, RHCE, CCNA, VCP ...Read More