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How to Remove a Checkpoint

Updated: October 21, 2008

Applies To: Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1

Use the following procedure to remove a checkpoint when you no longer need to restore a virtual machine to its state when the checkpoint was created. The action works differently for virtual machines running on Hyper-V or VMware virtualization software than for virtual machines running on a Virtual Server.

For virtual machines running on Virtual Server hosts

The Remove action removes the selected checkpoint, and the checkpoint files are deleted, freeing disk space. All checkpoints that were created after the current checkpoint also are removed, and you can no longer restore the virtual machine to any state that was saved after the deleted checkpoint.

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For users of Virtual Machine Manager 2007, the Remove action replaces the Merge action and works identically.

For virtual machines running on Hyper-V or VMware hosts

The Remove action removes the selected checkpoint and you can no longer restore the virtual machine to the checkpoint that you removed. No other checkpoints are removed, whether they were created before or after the checkpoint that you removed.

To remove a checkpoint

  1. In Virtual Machines view, navigate to the host on which the virtual machine is deployed.

  2. In the results pane, click the virtual machine, and then, in the Actions pane, click Manage checkpoints.

  3. In the Available checkpoints tree, select the checkpoint that you want to remove, and then click Remove.

    If the virtual machine is running on Virtual Server virtualization software, you will receive a confirmation prompt explaining that all checkpoints created after the selected checkpoint will also be removed. Click Yes to proceed.

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