Snapshots capture the entire state of the virtual machine at the time you take the snapshot. You can take a snapshot when 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.

When you create a memory snapshot, the snapshot captures the state of the virtual machine's memory and the virtual machine power settings. When you capture the virtual machine's memory state, the snapshot operation takes longer to complete. You might also see a momentary lapse in response over the network.

When you quiesce a virtual machine, VMware Tools quiesces the file system in the virtual machine. The quiesce operation pauses or alters the state of running processes on the virtual machine, especially processes that might modify information stored on the disk during a restore operation.

Application-consistent quiescing is not supported for virtual machines with IDE or SATA disks.

Note: If you take a snapshot of a Dynamic Disk (Microsoft specific disk type), the snapshot technology preserves the quiesce state of the file system, but does not preserve the quiesce state of the application.


  • 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.
  • Verify that you have the Virtual machine .Snapshot management. Create snapshot privilege on the virtual machine.


  1. Right-click the virtual machine the inventory and select Snapshots > Take Snapshot.
    1. To locate a virtual machine, select a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, host, or vApp.
    2. Click the VMs tab and click Virtual Machines.
  2. Type a name for the snapshot.
  3. (Optional) Type a description for the snapshot.
  4. (Optional) Select the Snapshot the virtual machine’s memory check box to capture the memory of the virtual machine.
  5. (Optional) Deselect Snapshot the virtual machine's memory and 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.
    Quiesce the virtual machine files only when the virtual machine is powered on and you do not want to capture the virtual machine's memory.
  6. Click OK.