vCloud Air - Working with Snapshots

Snapshots in *vCloud Air preserve the state and data of a virtual machine at a specific point in time to allow users to revert back to it later.

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1. View the Status of a Virtual Machine’s Snapshot


To view an existing snapshot in a virtual machine:

  1. If you’re not already logged in, go to https://vchs.vmware.com/login and log in to vCloud Air.
  2. From the Dashboard, click the desired virtual data center.
  • In this example, we use the SHAREPOINT virtual data center.

3. Click the Virtual Machines tab to see the available virtual machines.

2. Create a Snapshot


Snapshots are created from the vCloud Air UI. To create a snapshot:

  1. On the Virtual Machines tab, select the virtual machine for which you want to create a snapshot.



  2. From the pull-down menu, select Create Snapshot.



  3. Allow vCloud Air to check if a snapshot was already created.
  • vCloud Air supports one level of snapshots. This means if you have an existing snapshot and then take another, the previous snapshot will be overwritten.
  • For example, if you want to patch a Windows virtual machine with a service pack, you can snapshot the virtual machine, apply the service pack, and then delete the snapshot.
  • Note that in the current example, no snapshot exists yet.




4. Click Ok to start creating the snapshot.

3. Delete a Snapshot


Just like when they’re created, snapshots are deleted from the vCloud Air UI. To delete a snapshot:

  1. On the Virtual Machines tab, select the virtual machine from which you want to delete a snapshot.



  2. From the pull-down menu, select Delete Snapshot



  3. In the Delete Snapshot window, click Yes to remove the snapshot.