Depending on how your administrators have configured your environment, you might be able to create a snapshot of your virtual machine. A snapshot is an image of a virtual machine at a specific time. It is a space-efficient copy of the original VM image. Snapshots are an easy way to recover a system from damage, data loss, or security threats. After you create a snapshot of your virtual machine, you can apply it and reset your system back to the point where the snapshot was taken.

When you create a memory snapshot, the snapshot captures the state of the virtual machine power settings and, optionally, the virtual machine's memory. 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.


  • An existing virtual machine that is powered on, off, or suspended.

  • If your virtual machine is configured for one or more independent disks, power off the machine before creating a snapshot. You cannot create a snapshot when it is powered on. For disk configuration information, see Custom Properties V Table.

  • Your tenant administrator or business group manager entitled you to the snapshot action.


  1. Select Items > Machines.

    Alternatively you can select Items > Deployment and navigate to the machine in the deployment.

  2. Locate the machine to snapshot.
  3. In the Actions column, click the down arrow and click View Details.
  4. Click Create Snapshot in the Actions menu.
  5. Enter a name and, optionally, a description.
  6. If you want to capture the memory and power settings of the machine, select Include memory.
  7. Click Submit.