You can take a snapshot while a virtual machine is powered on, powered off, or suspended. If you are suspending a virtual machine, wait until the suspend operation finishes before you take a snapshot.

If the virtual machine has multiple disks in different disk modes, power off the virtual machine before you take a snapshot. For example, if you have a special purpose configuration that requires you to use an independent disk, you must power off the virtual machine before taking a snapshot. This applies only to snapshots taken with memory.

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Select Inventory > Virtual Machine > Snapshot > Take Snapshot.

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Type a name for your snapshot.

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(Optional) Type a description for your snapshot.

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(Optional) Select the Snapshot the virtual machine’s memory check box to capture the memory of the virtual machine.

Note

Capturing the virtual machine's memory results in a powered off snapshot, even if the virtual machine is powered on.

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(Optional) Select the Quiesce guest file system (Needs VMware Tools installed) check box to pause running processes on the guest operating system so that file system contents are in a known consistent state when you take the snapshot.

This step applies only to virtual machines that are powered on.

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Click OK.

When you take the snapshot it is listed in the Recent Tasks field at the bottom of the vSphere Client.

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Click the target virtual machine to display tasks and events for this machine or, while the virtual machine is selected, click the Tasks & Events tab.