The parent snapshot is always the snapshot appearing immediately above the You are here icon in the Snapshot Manager. The parent snapshot is also the most recently saved version of the current state of the virtual machine.

If you have just taken a snapshot, that stored state is the parent snapshot of the current state (You are here). If you revert or go to a snapshot, that snapshot becomes the parent of the current state (You are here).


The parent snapshot is not always the snapshot you took most recently.