How to Create a Snapshot on vSphere Web Client


VMware snapshot is a feature in the VMware virtualization program that enables you to create a point-in-time copy of a virtual machine (VM). This will enable you to revert back to your previous state when something detrimental happens. state when needed using the snapshots. But this technology has its limitations as it can not assume a backup role. Please see these exciting articles: Virtual Machine Snapshot vs Backup, How to Extend a VM’s Hard Disk on VMware Workstation, and How to Create a Microsoft HyperV Checkpoint. In this article, you will learn about how to create a Snapshot on vSphere Web Client. VMware disk snapshot is a changelog for a virtual disk recorded to the appropriate snapshot file.

A VM snapshot includes. a VM disk state, a VM memory state and VM power state, and VM settings. Please see Install and Configure TeamPass Password Manager, and What are the differences between Role-based, Rule-based, Discretionary, Mandatory and Attribute-based Access Control.

Create a Snapshot

To take a snapshot of a virtual machine in VMware, follow these steps. Open the VMware vSphere client and log in to your vSphere environment. Please see how to manage VMware Snapshots: Delete or Edit or Revert a Snapshot.


Locate the VM, Select a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, host, or vApp etc. Select the virtual machine you want to take a snapshot of. Click on the “Snapshots” button on the toolbar, then click on “Take Snapshot.”


Alternatively, select the VM object, click on “Actions”


Regardless of your approach, click on “Take Snapshot” as shown below.


In the “Take Snapshot” dialog box, enter a name and description for the snapshot and choose whether to take a snapshot of the virtual machine’s memory and/or the virtual machine’s virtual disks. Lastly, click on CREATE as shown below.


As you can see from the recent task window, the VM snapshot creation is in progress.


Please see Create or delete snapshots on VMware Workstation, How to remove recent connections from the vSphere Client, How to upgrade VMware Tools in vSphere, what are the Differences between vSphere and ESXi and Center, and how to fix AttributeError ‘ShellModule’ object has no attribute ‘ECHO’ fatal FAILED: Unexpected failure during module execution.

Note: When taking a snapshot in the vSphere Web Client, please note the following.

- If you are taking a memory snapshot of a virtual machine that has multiple disks in different disk modes, verify that the virtual machine is powered off. 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.
- To capture the memory state of the virtual machine, verify that the virtual machine is powered on.
- To quiesce the virtual machine files, verify that the virtual machine is powered on and that VMware Tools is installed

I hope you found this blog post helpful on how to Create a Snapshot on vSphere Web Client. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment section.

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