The Way To PowerCLI : Create ,Delete and consolidate Snapshots

Virtual machine snapshots are useful , since they  preserve the state of a virtual machine’s virtual disk and, optionally, virtual memory before upgrading an application for example. VM Snapshots are also taken by a lot of backup applications for VMs at the start of the backup and then removed at the end of the backup like “EMC Avamar”.

Creating snapshots

we need to be connected to vCenter first bfore we start , to create snapshot use the following cmdlet “NewSnapshot”

New-Snapshot -vm test01 -Name b4Update

or you can use pipeline

get-vm -Name test01 | New-Snapshot -Name b4applypatch



Getting snapshots
Get-VM -name test01 | Get-Snapshot | Select VM,Name,Created,SizeMB | FT
what if we want to get all snapshots which created older than 10 day’s for example
Get-VM| Get-Snapshot |Where {$_.Created -lt (Get-Date).AddDays(-10)}| Select-Object VM,Name,Created,SizeGB | FT
Deleting the snapshots

if you want to delete all Virtual Machine SnapShots

Get-VM -Name test01 | Get-Snapshot | Remove-Snapshot

You get a prompt for confirmation to delete all snapshots

if you want to delete one snapshot , then use the name of the snapshot you want to delete

Get-VM -Name test01 | Get-Snapshot -name b4applypatch | Remove-Snapshot


if you want to delete all snapshot older than 10 day’s

Get-VM -Name test01 | Get-Snapshot | Where {$_.Created -lt (Get-Date).AddDays(-10)} | Remove-Snapshot

When you perform a Delete or DeleteAll operation on snapshots, the snapshot is immediately deleted from Snapshot Manager, after that the  .vmdk files are consolidated on-disk. If the consolidation fails, it happens that the (snapshot) vmdk’s may remain on disk , you can slove that you can use the Consolidation Cmdlet :

we need to check which Virtual Machine needs Consolidation

Get-VM | Where-Object {$_.Extensiondata.Runtime.ConsolidationNeeded}

after that we can Consolidate all Virtual Machine that need that

 Get-VM | Where-Object {$_.Extensiondata.Runtime.ConsolidationNeeded} | foreach {$_.ExtensionData.ConsolidateVMDisks_Task()}
For more information about Snapshot check below links :
link 1 , link 2

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