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How to Manage Checkpoints

Use the Checkpoints tab in Virtual Machine Properties to create checkpoints, restore a virtual machine to a checkpoint, edit a checkpoint description, or merge a checkpoint to free disk space when the checkpoint is no longer needed.

You can create and manage checkpoints for a virtual machine only when the virtual machine is deployed on a host. The checkpoint actions are available only in Virtual Machines view; the actions cannot be performed on a stored virtual machine.

To manage checkpoints for a virtual machine
  1. In Virtual Machines view, expand All Hosts in the navigation pane, and then navigate to the host on which the virtual machine is deployed.

  2. To open the Checkpoints tab in Virtual Machine Properties, perform either of the following actions:

    —In the results pane, double-click the virtual machine to open Virtual Machine Properties, and then click Checkpoints.

    —In the results pane, click the virtual machine. Then, in the Actions pane, under Virtual Machine, click Manage checkpoints. This action is available only if the virtual machine has checkpoints.

  3. Use buttons on the Checkpoints tab to perform the following actions:

    New—Create a new checkpoint that can be used to restore a virtual machine to its current state. For more information, see How to Create a Checkpoint.

    Edit—Modify the description of a checkpoint. For more information, see How to Edit a Checkpoint Description.

    Merge—Merge a checkpoint to free disk space when the checkpoint is no longer needed. For more information, see How to Merge a Checkpoint.

    Restore—Return a virtual machine to its state when a checkpoint was created. For more information, see How to Restore a Virtual Machine to a Checkpoint.

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