The Delete Unused Snapshots for Virtual Machines action in VMware Aria Operations deletes snapshots that are older than the specified age from your datastores. Deleting unused snapshots reclaims wasted space in your environment.
How the Action Works
The Delete Unused Snapshots for Virtual Machine action comprises two dialog boxes. The first dialog box allows you to select the snapshot age criteria, which must be greater than one day. The second step allows you to select the snapshots to delete, and runs the Delete Unused Snapshots for Virtual Machine action.
The number of days that you specify for each virtual machine is the age of the snapshots based on the creation date. The Delete Unused Snapshots for Virtual Machine action retrieves the snapshot and displays the snapshot name, space consumed, and location so that you can evaluate the snapshots before you delete them.
When you click Begin Action, VMware Aria Operations displays a dialog box to indicate that the action has started. To track the status of the action, click the link in the dialog box and view the state of the action in .
Where You Run the Action
- Embedded just below the top menu.
- From the left menu click Details tab, and click Views. , select an object, click the
- On the toolbar when you click Environment tab, and select an object in the list view. , select an object, click the
- In the Inventory list when you click Administration in the menu, click Inventory , then click the List tab, and select an object in the list.
- In configured alert recommendations.
- In the Object List and Topology Graph dashboard widgets.
To ensure that you are submitting the action for the right objects, review the following information.
You first retrieve snapshots based on age, then select the snapshots to delete.
|Name||Name of the virtual machine on which you are running the Delete Unused Snapshots for VM action.|
|Days Old||Age of the snapshots to be deleted. This action retrieves snapshots for the virtual machine that are older than one day.|
|Host||Name of the host with which the virtual machine is associated.|
Name of the VMware Adapter as it is configured in VMware Aria Operations. The adapter manages the communication with the vCenter Server instance.
Check box indicates whether the action is applied to the object. To not run the action on one or more objects, deselect the associated check boxes. This option is available when two or more objects are selected.
|VM Name||Name of the virtual machine from which the snapshot was created.|
|Snapshot Name||Name of the snapshot in the datastore.|
|Snapshot Space (MB)||Number of megabytes consumed by the snapshot.|
|Snapshot Create Time||Date and time when the snapshot was created.|
|Snapshot Age||Age of the snapshot in days.|
|Datacenter Name||Name of the data center with which the datastore is associated.|
|Datastore Name||Name of the datastore where the snapshot is managed.|
|Host Name||Name of the host with which the datastore is associated.|
After you click OK, the next dialog box provides the task ID and a link to the task list.
|Recent Tasks||To view the status of the job and verify that the job finished, click Recent Tasks.|
|OK||To close the dialog box without further action, click OK.|
The Delete Unused Snapshots action creates a job for the retrieve snapshots action, and a job for the delete snapshots action.