When you enable background snapshots, you can continue working while Workstation preserves the state of a virtual machine. A progress indicator for the background snapshot appears in a corner of the Workstation window.

Important

Enabling background snapshots for a host with slow hard disks can adversely affect performance. If you experience significant performance problems when taking or restoring snapshots, disable background snapshots.

On a Linux host, run Workstation as the root user. Only root users are allowed to change background snapshot settings.

1

Select Edit > Preferences.

2

On the Priority tab, select Take snapshots in the background.

3

Click OK to save your changes.

4

Restart the virtual machines.

Virtual machines must be powered off and then powered on, rather than restarted, for background snapshot changes to take effect.