You can take a snapshot while the virtual machine is powered on, powered off, or suspended.

Do not take a snapshot when the virtual machine is communicating with another computer.


If you require strong performance from virtual machines, consider defragmenting the guest operating system’s drives before taking a snapshot. Use the guest operating system’s defragmentation utility.

To exclude virtual disks from snapshots, change the disk mode. For more information about changing the disk mode, see Modify a Hard Disk.

If you are suspending a virtual machine, wait until the suspend operation has finished before taking a snapshot.


In the Commands section of the virtual machine’s Summary tab, expand the Snapshot command (if it is not already expanded) and click Take Snapshot.


Enter the name of the snapshot and any notes and click OK.

The snapshot is created.