The following post details how to view task information via CLI on an ESXi host. Task details such as:

  • Snapshot operations, for example create/delete/consolidate
  • Clone operations

As can be seen from the vSphere UI a ‘Remove all snapshots’ task is in operation:

Connecting directly to the ESXi mgmt IP using SSH and issuing the 'vim-cmd vimsvc/task_list' command we can view the running task. We can also determine the associated vmid which is 4 in this example:

The following 3 images detail how to list all running VMs, the associated tasks for a VM based on it’s vmid and using the task id to return more granular details of the running task, such as state/start time/percentage complete:

vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms

vim-cmd vmsvc/get.tasklist vmid

vim-cmd vimsvc/task_info task_id

To gather snapshot details for a particular VM:

vim-cmd vmsvc/get.snapshotinfo vmid

As can be seen from the vSphere UI the removal of snapshots task has completed and we re-run the task_info cmd to view the final summary of the task:

Additional useful commands to determine presence of snapshot files in the associated VM datastore:

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