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To fix the VM consolidation needed status, do the following:

  1. Go to VMware vSphere Client.
  2. Click the VM name > Snapshots > Consolidate.
  3. You will see a confirmation message: "This operation consolidates all redundant redo logs on your virtual machine. Are you sure you want to continue?"
  4. Click Yes to consolidate VM disk files.

Note: If you are worried that you can lose your data during disk consolidation, back up your VMware VM.

Wait until the task is completed. You can see the progress at the bottom of your VMware vSphere Client. If the VM is running, VM performance can degrade during this operation. The needed time depends on the virtual machine size, the number of snapshots and your VM load.

After the VMware disk consolidation is finished, the error message will disappear. However, it might happen that you'll get another error message. Check the guide on how to solve the potential errors in this blog post https://www.nakivo.com/blog/fix-vmware-error-virtual-machine-disks-consolidation-needed/

Let me know if you need any further help.

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