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 has finished before taking a snapshot.

You must power off the virtual machine before taking a snapshot if the virtual machine has multiple disks in different disk modes. 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.


Select Inventory > Virtual Machine > Snapshot > Take Snapshot.

You can also right-click the virtual machine and select Snapshot > Take Snapshot.

The Take Virtual Machine Snapshot window appears.


Type a name for your snapshot.


(Optional) Type a description for your snapshot.


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


(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 the snapshot is taken. This applies only to virtual machines that are powered on.


Click OK.

When the snapshot has been successfully taken, it is listed in the Recent Tasks field at the bottom of the vSphere Client.


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.