In Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand, a snapshot captures a reproduction of a virtual machine, including the state of the data on all of the virtual machine's disks and whether the virtual machine is powered on, powered off, or suspended.

You can take a snapshot when a virtual machine is powered on, powered off, or suspended. When you revert a virtual machine to a snapshot, the virtual machine is reverted to the state it was in when the snapshot was created.

Snapshots are useful when you must revert repeatedly to the same virtual machine state, but you do not want to create multiple virtual machines. VMware recommends that you do not use snapshots as your only backup solution or as a long-term backup solution.

Snapshots have the following limitations:

They do not capture NIC configurations.

They cannot be created if any virtual machine in the vApp is connected to an independent disk.

You have the required permission to manage the virtual machine. If you are a member of the End User role, you are the virtual machine owner or you are a Virtual Infrastructure Administrator.

1

Select the virtual machine for which you want to manage snapshots.

2

To create a snapshot, select Create Snapshot from the Actions menu.

3

To revert a virtual machine to a snapshot, select Revert Snapshot (enabled when a snapshot exists for the virtual machine) from the Actions menu.

A dialog appears prompting you to confirm that you want to revert the virtual machine to the snapshot. Click OK.

4

To delete a snapshot, select Delete Snapshot (enabled when a snapshot exists for the virtual machine) from the Actions menu.

A dialog appears prompting you to confirm that you want to delete the snapshot. Click OK.