Virtual Machine snapshots

With virtual machine snapshots, you can store a particular state of a virtual machine for later use. At any later time, you can revert to that state.

A virtual machine snapshot includes the following:

  • virtual machine settings – the virtual machine directory.
  • power state – the VM can be powered-on, powered-off, or suspended.
  • disk state – state of all the VM’s virtual disks.
  • memory state (optional) – the content of the VM’s memory.

You can see the snapshots of a virtual machine by first selecting a machine in the VirtualBox Manager and then clicking on the Snapshots button at the top right. Until you take a snapshot of the machine, the list of snapshots will be empty except for the Current state item, which represents the Now point in the lifetime of the virtual machine.

Oracle virtualbox snapshot manager

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