When you enable background snapshots, you can continue working while Workstation Pro preserves the state of a virtual machine. A progress indicator for the background snapshot appears in a corner of the Workstation Pro window.

Important: Enabling background snapshots for a host with slow hard disks can adversely affect performance. If you experience significant performance problems when taking or restoring snapshots, disable background snapshots.


On a Linux host, run Workstation Pro as the root user. Only root users are allowed to change background snapshot settings.


  1. Select Edit > Preferences.
  2. On the Priority tab, select Take snapshots in the background.
  3. Click OK to save your changes.
  4. Restart the virtual machines.
    Virtual machines must be powered off and then powered on, rather than restarted, for background snapshot changes to take effect.