import vmware vm after exporting with a snapshot?



  • I have a friend that exported a VM from ESXi and the VM had a snapshot. He gets a -flat.vmdk file and a -delta.vmdk when he exports, but when he uploads those files to the datastore, it drops the flat and delta and only leaves him with his base disk. Anyone ever run in to this? It seems to me if he uploaded the -delta and renamed it server-000001.vmdk that would work, but I haven't had him test this yet.



  • Server is back online now. Bringing the files in one by one and making sure they had the right name seemed to do it.



  • @Mike-Davis is the original VM dead? merge and reexport first is the recommended option.

    I have no idea how the system would even begin to splice that all back together without the associated metadata letting it know how it was snapped.



  • The original VM is dead. He was trying to resize a drive or something and copied it down "just in case" and case hit.



  • Where does the metadata about snaps get stored? I thought the .vmdk files told the machine the geometry of the drive.



  • Server is back online now. Bringing the files in one by one and making sure they had the right name seemed to do it.