Increasing the time limit on snapshot consolidation
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Increasing the time limit on snapshot consolidation


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VMware vSphere ESXi


You can increase the maximum time limit on snapshot consolidation if you want to stun the virtual machine for an extended period of time. For example, you may want to increase the consolidation time to resolve an issue when the asynchronous consolidation fails after 10 iterations .

By default, the snapshot consolidation time is set to 6 seconds.


VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5
VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0
VMware vSphere ESXi 6.5
VMware vSphere ESXi 6.7


To increase the time limit on snapshot consolidation, change the snapshot.maxConsolidateTime configuration parameter in the virtual machine to a higher value, such as 30 seconds:

Note: VMware recommends to set this to an optimum value of 30 seconds as this is usually sufficient to complete the required operations.
  1. Shut down the virtual machine.
  2. Right-click the virtual machine and click Edit Settings.
  3. Click the Options tab.
  4. Under Advanced, click General.
  5. Click Configuration Parameters and add snapshot.maxConsolidateTime = 30.

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