The Delete Unused Snapshots for Virtual Machine action deletes snapshots that are older than the specified age from your datastores. Deleting unused snapshots reclaims wasted space in your environment.

When you initiate this action, the Delete Unused Snapshots for VM wizard appears where you enter the number of days to identify age of the snapshots to retrieve for deletion. Then, you delete the snapshots.

The number of days that you specify for each virtual machine is the age of the snapshots based on the creation date. The action retrieves the snapshot and displays the snapshot name, space consumed, and location so that you can evaluate the snapshots before you delete them. From the list of snapshots, you select the snapshots to delete. Only the selected snapshots will be deleted.

When you finish the wizard, vRealize Operations Manager 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 Administration > Recent Tasks.

For the supported objects and object levels, this action is available in the following locations in vRealize Operations Manager:

In the Actions menu on the top toolbar when you click Home.

On the toolbar when you click Environment, select an object, click the Details tab, click Views, and select a view of type List.

On the toolbar when you click Environment, select an object, click the Environment tab, and select an object in the list view.

In the Inventory Explorer list when you click Administration, click Inventory Explorer, click the List tab, and select an object in the list.

In configured alert recommendations.

In the Object List and Topology Graph dashboard widgets.

Review the following information about the virtual machines to ensure that you are submitting the action for the correct objects.

You first retrieve snapshots based on age, then select the snapshots to delete.

Retrieve Unused Snapshots for virtual machine

Option

Description

Name

Name of the virtual machine on which you are running the Delete Unused Snapshots for VM action.

Days Old

Age of the snapshots that you are deleting. This action retrieves snapshots for the virtual machine that are older than the number of days specified.

Host

Name of the host with which the virtual machine is associated.

Adapter Instance

Name of the VMware Adapter as it is configured in vRealize Operations Manager. The adapter manages the communication with the vCenter Server instance.

Select the snapshots to delete.

Delete Unused Snapshots for virtual machine

Option

Description

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 bytes consumed by the snapshot.

Snapshot Create Time

Date and time when the snapshot was created.

Snapshot Age

Number of days since the creation of the snapshot.

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.

Task ID Dialog Box

Option

Description

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.