SIRIS, ALTO, and NAS: How to take a quiesced snapshot in VMware

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This article describes how to take a manual quiesced snapshot in VMware vCenter.

Environment

  • Datto SIRIS
  • VMware 5.5
  • VMware 6.0
  • VMware 6.5

Description

1. Log in to vCenter or your ESXi host.

2. Right-click on the name of the virtual machine that you want to snapshot.

3. Navigate to Snapshots → Take Snapshot.

Screenshot2.pngFigure 1: Take Snapshot (click to enlarge)

4.  Uncheck  Snapshot the virtual machine’s memory and check Quiesce guest file system.

Screenshot3.pngFigure 2: Take VM Snapshot (click to enlarge)

5. Click OK to take the snapshot.

Once the snapshot has started you will see a progress bar in the Recent Tasks box.

Screenshot4.pngFigure 3:  Recent Tasks (click to enlarge)

6. Select the snapshot and click the red X to delete the snapshot. You may need to run consolidation as well. To run consolidation, right-click the name of the virtual machine, then select Snapshot → Consolidation.

ManageSnaps.pngFigure 4: Snapshot window (click to enlarge)

If the quiesced snapshot fails you may need to reinstall VMware tools. Contact VMware (external link) for assistance.


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