How to Backup a Virtual Machine using Snapshot on VMware Fusion

This article shows you how to take a snapshot of the guest operating system you are running in a virtual machine you set up with VMware Fusion 12 Pro on an Apple Mac computer.

Virtual machine backup methods are also available in the Fusion virtualization software developed by VMware for the macOS operating system. You can perform a quick and easy backup using the snapshot feature in a virtual machine on your Mac.

After the snapshot you have created, you can undo all the operations on your guest system with a single click. Thus, in software testing or development, you can quickly revert your system to the previous state without the need to reinstall an operating system.

You can follow this video tutorial or the steps below to backup a virtual computer running in Fusion on your Mac using a snapshot.

Step 1: If you haven’t installed Fusion software on your Mac before, you can watch the video tutorial below.

Step 2: After installing the Fusion software on your system, install Windows 10 on a new virtual machine by watching the video tutorial below in the same way.

Step 3: After running the Windows 10 guest machine, click the Snapshots icon or Virtual Machine / Snapshots from the Fusion tool menu.

Step 4: Since you installed a clean Windows 10, there will be no files or programs on your system. That’s why you need to make a clean back up after the first installation. In the Snapshots window, right-click / Take Snapshot on the current state of your system.

Step 5: In the window that opens, type a name and description for your system back up and click Take.

Step 6: Wait while the snapshot is taken for your virtual machine in Fusion.

Step 7: After backing up your virtual computer, create new documents on the desktop or install a program you want to use.

Step 8: After making changes to your system, open the Snapshots window and right-click / Restore Snapshot on the backup you have taken to load the clean installation back up again.

Step 9: When your guest system is restored from the snapshot in a short time, your system will now be restored to its initial setup.

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