Virtual Machine Consolidation Needed Status


Virtual machine stop responding and unable to Power-On. The machine reports an alarm with message “Virtual machine consolidation needed status”.



  1. Open the Snapshot Manger to identify the active snapshot.
  2. Right click the virtual machine and choose Edit Settings, verified to which VMDK disk the virtual machine Hard Disk was pointed.
  3. Browse the datastore and navigate to this virtual machine folder. There you could see an orphaned Snapshot (size represented 28.18 KB)


Now right click the virtual machine, navigate to Snapshot and Choose Consolidate


After completion of this task, the virtual machine will be able to Power-On and accessible.

Note: Before proceeding, ensure to consider these points related to snapshot consolidation:

  • The remove snapshot process can take a long time to complete if the snapshots are large.
  • If the consolidation process is stopped before completing, it may result in data corruption.
  • The virtual machine performance may be degraded while the snapshot consolidation process.

About Alex Hunt

Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in VMware Software India Pvt Ltd as Operations System Engineer (vCloud Air Operations). I have around 5 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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