When you take a snapshot, Workstation Pro preserves the state of a virtual machine so that you can return to the same state repeatedly. A snapshot captures the entire state of the virtual machine at the time you take the snapshot, including the contents of the virtual machine memory, the virtual machine settings, and the state of all virtual disks.

To configure snapshot options for a selected virtual machine, select VM > Settings, click the Options tab, and select Snapshots.

Table 1. Snapshot Options



Just power off

Power off the virtual machine without making any changes to snapshots.

Revert to snapshot

Revert to the parent snapshot of the current state of the virtual machine. When you revert to a snapshot, you return the memory, settings, and virtual disks of the virtual machine to the state that they were in when you took the snapshot.

Take a new snapshot

Takes a snapshot of the virtual machine state after it is powered off. The snapshot appears in the Snapshot Manager. The name of the snapshot is the date and time that the virtual machine was powered off and the description is Automatic snapshot created when powering off.


You cannot configure this option for a shared or remote virtual machine.

Ask me

Prompts you to power off or take a snapshot when the virtual machine is powered off.