PowerCLI: Consolidating virtual machine disks

In order to retrieve a list of virtual machines which are reporting t the issue ‘Virtual machine disks consolidation is needed’ we can invoke the Get-VM cmdlet to determine if a virtual machine consolidation is required.

$VMs = Get-VM | Where-Object {$_.ExtensionData.RunTime.ConsolidationNeeded}

To consolidate snapshots for a collection of virtual machines we can now perform the following, where the virtual machine consolidation will complete before invoking the script block on the next object.

ForEach ($VM in $VMs)

    (Get-VM $VM).ExtensionData.ConsolidateVMDisks()

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