vApp: The operation is not allowed in the current state

I was upgrading some VMs that were a member of a vApp.
During the process I noticed that all the VMs had really old snaphosts. As most of you probably know leaving a VM in snapshot mode for a long time isn’t wise because it can fill-up your datastore. So I removed the snaphosts from the VMs. 1 VM deleted its snaphost quickly, so I powered the VM on. During the power on stage I got the error:

The operation is not allowed in the current state

It didn’t took me long the discover the problem. The other VM was still deleting his snapshots, preventing the other VM powering up.
Though I find the behavior strange. You cannot snapshot a vApp at once and why doesn’t VMware allow me to power on a VM in a vApp when another VM is deleting his snaphosts?

About Michael

Michael Wilmsen is a VMware training/consultant (no specific order) with more than 15 years in the IT industry. Main focus is VMware vSphere, Horizon View and Site Recovery Manager with a deepdive to performance.
Michael is VCDX 210, VCAP 4/5 certified, has been rewarded with the vExpert title from 2011, is a PernixPro, Nutanix Tech Champion and a Nutanix Platform Professional.

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