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.


Select Inventory > Virtual Machine > Snapshot > Take Snapshot.


Type a name for your snapshot.


(Optional) Type a description for your snapshot.


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


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


(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.


Click OK.

When you take the snapshot 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.