How to take and Manage VMware Guest Snapshots

VMware Workstation is a great tool for IT professionals. In fact, if you studying to be an IT pro and you don’t have access to VMware Workstation Pro, you really should go and get one now.

If you can’t afford VMware Workstation Pro, then you can settle for VirtualBox or VMware Player. These are both free for anyone to use.

These tools are what they called virtualization software. They can be used to run multiple guest operating systems on a single host computer. For example, you can install VMware Workstation, VirtualBox or VMware Player on your Windows machines, then install other operating systems inside these software to run as if they were installed on their own independent computers.

We’ve written about VMware Workstation, VirtualBox and VMware Player on this site. Do a little search and you’ll find great tutorials on installing and using them.

This brief post shows students and users how to create guest snapshots when using VMware Pro. Guest snapshots is the process in which the system preserve the state and data of the guest machines at a specific point in time.

For example, if you take a snapshot of the guest operating system at 10 0’clock AM, the machine state and data as of that time will be preserved. Any changes made after 10 o’clock AM can be reversed.

The concept works the same across all virtualization software, and this is usually how users protects guest operating systems.

To take guest snapshots using VMware Workstation, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Power the guest machine

The first step is to power down the guest machine before taking snapshots. This is not necessary, however, taking snapshots of running guest machines may not capture the guest machine state properly.

Step 2: Select the Guest Machine and Take Snapshot

When the machine is powered down, while still on the machine page, click the snapshot button shown in the image below to take a snapshot.

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Then give a name for the snapshot and take it.

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After taking a snapshot, you can then power you can continue working with the machine.

Step 3: Reversing Changes

Since snapshots preserve the state of virtual machines, one can revert or go back in time to undo changes done after creating snapshots. To do that, click the left arrow button to go back to the previous state of the machine.

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Step 4: Managing snapshots

To manage existing snapshots, click the button with the wrench as shown in the image below.

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On the Snapshot manager page, you can select a particular snapshot to go to or delete. To make a change, select the snapshot image and click the appropriate buttons.

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That’s it! This is how one take and manage guest snapshots when using VMware Workstation Pro.


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