Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:13 PMI am new to snapshots in Hyper-V. I have a server setup for a classroom training environment, which uses Sharepoint to set up individual SSP's for each training course. I keep running out of "disk space" and suspect I have extra snapshots that need to be deleted. I have read many forums, which all seem to agree that they need removed via the Hypervisor, as opposed to Windows Explorer. What is the step by step procedure (Right click here, left click there, etc)? I have also read that a P2V works well using less time to complete (What is a P2V?) the merge. Do I complete a merge first, then delete the old snapshots, or is that done automatically by doing something with the latest snapshot? Is there a setting for automaticcaly creating these snapshots and if so, how would I turn it off?
- Moved by Cleber Marques MSFTMicrosoft Employee Sunday, February 24, 2013 9:53 PM
Sunday, February 24, 2013 9:53 PM
Sunday, February 24, 2013 10:42 PM
If you work with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V you have to delete the Snapshot in the Hyper-V Manager and after that you have to shutdown the VM and this will merge the VHD with the Snapshot file (.avhd) automatically. Be careful the merge process needs some time depending on the size of the snapshot and the speed of your hardware. You can see the merge process in the Hyper-V Manager running.
You don't have to delete any files via file explorer.
In Windows Server 2012 the VHD and the Snapshot file merge after you have deleted the Snapshot online without having to shutdown the virtual machine.
- Marked As Answer by Lawrence LvMicrosoft Contingent Staff, Moderator Monday, February 25, 2013 2:58 AM