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VM showing "Virtual machine Consolidation Needed" in vSphere Client

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Applies to

  • VMware vSphere 
  • NetApp NFS Plugin for VMware VAAI
  • SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere (SCV)
  • Virtual Machine (VM)
  • Any application or manual intervention that would clone VM's or consolidate snapshots 


  • After a VM clone or snapshot consolidation action, the VM Summary shows the following message: 


  • When you run the Snapshot Consolidation on the affected host, the action completes successfully, but the Virtual machine Consolidation Needed status remains
  • The vmware.log in vCenter from the affected VM shows:

Er(02) vmx lb40gz4s-137866-auto-2ydn-h5:70053515-9e-eb-0065 ConsolidateFillSnapDiskTransferArray: Failed to fetch disk size of '/<Disk_Path>.vmdk' for consolidate: Unknown error (5)
In(05) vmx lb40gz4s-137866-auto-2ydn-h5:70053515-9e-eb-0065 ConsolidateStart: Failure while populating the snapDataPerCombineOperation array: 'Unknown error' (5)
In(05) vmx lb40gz4s-137866-auto-2ydn-h5:70053515-9e-eb-0065 ConsolidateEnd: Snapshot consolidate complete: Unknown error (5).


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