An error occured while consolidating disks:msgs.fileio.locked


Today while working in our production environment where our monitoring system has generated an alert for one of the vCenter server appliance. The alert was ” disk consolidation needed for server xyz”

On checking the vCenter VM status from management vCenter console I found that there as an yellow warning on the same and selecting the summary tab also confirmed the same error message about disk consolidation.

We are using EMC Avamar backup solution and my guess is Avamar failed to cleanup the snapshot which it took on the vcsa vm after backup.

I tried to consolidate the disk by going to snapshot manager for the vcsa VM and hitting consolidate button but it was failing with error “An error occured while consolidating disks:msgs.fileio.locked”

disk cond

I was not sure why this error is coming while doing consolidation and while searching for solution I came across this blog where the issue have been addressed.

I performed svMotion on my vcsa vm and then tried disk consolidation and bingo it got succeeded without any issues this time.

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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